Stargazing is a cheap, easy, fun adventure. We live in the northern hemisphere, and on most nights, we can find constellations including: The Big Dipper, Little Dipper, Cassiopeia, Cygnus, Draco, Orion, Pleiades, Pegasus, Gemini and Taurus. We also find stars like Betelgeuse, Rigel, Polaris, Bellatrix, Vega, Albireo, Deneb, and Sirius.
|Andromeda, Cetus, and Perseus. Conflicting versions have Perseus using the invisible
helm and flying shoes to hover above Cetus and stab him in the neck or using the
Gorgon’s head to turn him to stone. Picture from Story Nory.
To find the Andromeda Constellation, you must be able to find Pegasus first. That’s because Andromeda’s face is actually Pegasus’s bellybutton (assuming horses have a bellybutton). Andromeda looks like a curvy triangle hanging off the corner of the Great Square (which forms Pegasus’s body).
|This shows Andromeda in relation to Pegasus and Cassiopeia. Picture from Burro Case.|
Be careful, some people see Pegasus’s front legs and think that they are Andromeda. To find her correctly, look for Cassiopeia. Andromeda hangs down off the square toward Cassiopeia. Her total length is more than the distance across the Great Square of Pegasus. His legs are much smaller.
|This shows Pegasus much better. Notice how Andromeda stretches toward Cassiopeia. Picture from Astro Bob using Stellarium.|
Want to find some other constellations? Find our other instructions here: The Big Dipper, Little Dipper, Cassiopeia, Orion, Pleiades, the Winter Triangle, Cygnus, Pegasus, and Taurus. We also find stars like Betelgeuse, Rigel, Polaris, Bellatrix, Vega, Sirius, Castor, Pollux, Deneb, and Abireo.