This page shows the starry sky for 50° north latitude at 6 hours sidereal time. It is approximately 6 hours sidereal time at 6 hours local time at the end of September, at 0 hours local time at the end of December, at 18 hours local time at the end of March, and at 12 hours local time at the end of June.
The black disk indicates the sky, in stereographical projection. The circle at the outer edge of the disk is the horizon. The middle of the disk is the zenith. North is up, east to the left, south at the bottom, and west to the right. The white dots are stars of magnitude 3.5 and brighter. The larger the dot, the brighter the star.
The drawings show roughly what people saw in the constellations, with the official abbreviations of the names of the constellations indicated in blue.
The white line indicates the celestial equator (declination 0°) from the equatorial coordinate system. The red line indicates the ecliptic (ecliptical latitude 0°) from the ecliptical coordinate system. The ecliptic is the approximate path of the Sun, Moon, and planets. The purple line shows where the Milky Way is.
At 6 hours sidereal time, Orion is in the south, with the star Betelgeuse to the upper left from the three stars of Orion's belt, and the star Rigel to the lower right. The bright star Sirius in the Great Dog (Canis Major) is to the lower left from Orion. The Big Dipper (part of the official constellation of the Great Bear [Ursa Major]) is roughly to the east. The "W" of Cassiopeia is roughly to the west. The star Deneb in the Swan (Cygnus) is in the northwest. The Lion (Leo) with the star Regulus is to the lower right from the Great Bear. The Milky Way runs from the southeastern horizon about straight overhead (through the zenith) to the north by northwestern horizon.
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Last updated: 2016-02-07