At this point, consult Part I of the video supplement, a link to which I have provided at the top of this post. Part I shows you not only where to look for the Big Dipper in the night sky, but also outlines the constellation, and shows how to use the stars Merak and Dubhe as "Pointer Stars," as guides to locate the North Star. Below you can see a picture of the same thing. The constellation of the Big Dipper is outlined in red, with the yellow line being drawn from Merak and Dubhe to Polaris, which has a blue circle around it.
Next, we will use another constellation to locate two more objects of interest in the night sky. The constellation is the very famous constellation of Orion. These days, Orion has already risen in the east by sunset, and is instantly recognizable. Even in the brightness of many cities, the most prominent stars are still visible. Below is a picture of Orion, with art of the constellation depiction overlaying the stars.
Now we refer to Part II of the video supplement. Part II shows us where to see Orion, and also shows us how to use the asterism of Orion's Belt to locate two objects of celestial significance: the bright star Sirius, and the star cluster called the Pleiades. Just as with the Big Dipper and Polaris, the constellation itself is outlined in red, and the yellow line points the way to Sirius and the Pleiades, which are both circled in blue.
|You can see Orion in the center of the photograph. The bright star in the bottom of the photograph a bit to the left is Sirius.|
|Another picture of Orion that I took in my backyard. Alnilam is the center star in the Belt.|
|The Pleiades are the cluster of stars in the center of the photograph.|
Boulder, Colorado. The information in this post can apply to anyone within that belt around the world. For example, people in Beijing and Baltimore, both cities around 40 degree North latitude, will see the same thing every night as people in Bursa and Boulder.
The video and some of the pictures in this post were made using the Stellarium app or the Celestia app.