Get to know the spring and summer night sky in the northern hemisphere with stargazing tips from Sir Patrick Moore and other astronomy experts.
The video clips below show you how to find the Milky Way, the summer triangle and prominent constellations.
Image: The Hubble Space Telescope captured this view of Messier 4 (M4), the nearest globular star cluster to Earth. Below, Patrick Moore explains how to find M4. (credit: NASA and H. Richer/University of British Columbia)
You can see interesting things in the night sky during the spring and summer.
Patrick Moore talks about the amazing light show that takes place every August.
Patrick Moore talks to guest Dr John Mason about the Perseid meteor shower that takes place every August when the Earth passes through the dust and gas trail left by Comet Swift-Tuttle. In 2007 when this interview took place visibility was very good but cloud cover and the Moon can get in the way.
Patrick Moore picks out a few interesting stars in the evening sky.
Sir Patrick Moore discusses interesting stars in the evening sky including Alcor, Mizar and Polaris.
Patrick Moore discusses constellations and the star cluster M4.
Sir Patrick Moore gives a general overview of constellations and then talks in detail about Scorpius and Ophiuchus, which can be seen in spring. He also shows how to find the globular star cluster Messier 4 (M4), which can be seen with a pair of binoculars.
You can see the Milky Way, the 'teapot' and noctilucent clouds.
Astronomers Pete Lawrence and Paul Abel discuss some of the highlights of summer night skies in the northern hemisphere. The summer months are an ideal time to view the Milky Way galaxy and to look at the constellation of Sagittarius which contains a pattern of stars that looks a bit like a teapot.
Astronomer Pete Lawrence explains how to find our galaxy in the summer night sky.
Astronomer Pete Lawrence explains how stargazers in the northern hemisphere can find the Milky Way in the summer night sky using a pattern of stars called the summer triangle.