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Exploring the Southern Hemisphere Constellations - Windows to the Universe

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Southern Hemisphere Constellations

Many different constellations fill the evening sky in the southern hemisphere. Depending on your location and the season, different constellations can be seen. Southern circumpolar constellations can be seen all year long in the night sky of the southern hemisphere. In the southern hemisphere, there is no bright pole star. This image shows an illustration of Crux - the Southern Cross.

Southern Circumpolar Constellations Southern Spring Constellation Southern Summer Constellations Southern Autumn Constellations Southern Winter Constellations
Carina
Centaurus
Southern Cross
Andromeda
Aquarius
Capricornus
Pegasus
Pisces
Canis Major
Cetus
Eridanus
Gemini
Orion
Perseus
Taurus
Bootes
Cancer
Crater
Hydra
Leo
Virgo
Aquila
Cygnus
Hercules
Lyra
Ophiuchus
Sagittarius
Scorpius

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