The first step in the Great World Wide Star Count is to determine which constellation you will observe.
The sky is divided into 88 Constellations. Each constellation covers a specific area of the sky and include groups of bright stars which appear close to each other on the sky, but are really far apart in space. These patterns of stars within the constellations are called asterisms. The shapes you see depend on your point of view. Many societies saw patterns among the stars with gods and goddesses or stories from their culture.
If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, we would like you to observe Cygnus, the Swan, which includes the Northern Cross asterism.
If you live in the Southern Hemisphere, we would like you to observe Sagittarius, the Archer,which includes the Teapot asterism.
Click on your location in the map below to learn how to find your constellation.