Western Washington University   College of Sciences and Technology   Physics/Astronomy Dept.   Bellingham, WA USA
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Presentations can be arranged for groups such as; scouts, classes, dorms, clubs, office staff, birthday parties, etc.
(minimum of 20 people or payment of $60 whichever is greater). We currently offer no public "walk-in" shows. The facility has very comfortable seating for 45 people plus room for about 10 more on the floor.

To schedule a presentation for a group, choose an open date and time on the calendar below, and then use this handy presentation request form or email.

How Much Does it Cost?
Students $3.00 For private groups, an invoice will be issued and you can mail payment to the WWU Cashier. Make checks payable to Western Washington University. For programs scheduled as part of a WWU course curriculum there is no fee.
Non-Students $5.00

Most planetarium presentations are strictly for people 8 years and older. However we do have programs designed specifically for the groups of younger children, such as preschool and daycare field trips.


For more information about the schedule, please email.

Presentations in Cyan
Astronomy in Gray
History in Red
Information Links in Gold

Western Washington University Planetarium
JANUARY   2013
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This is a good month to view the Pleiades in Taurus, also known as M45 or the Seven Sisters. The starlore associated with the Pleiades is extensive (example). 1
Earth at perihelion
closest to Sun
0.983 AU
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Isaac Asimov born 1920
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Quadrantid Meteor Shower
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Trio High School
11:00AM
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Apollo 1 fire, 1967
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Space Shuttle Challenger lost, 1986
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30 31 The sword of Orion, just below his famous belt, is where we find the Orion Nebula (more).



Western Washington University Planetarium
FEBRUARY   2013
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Zodiacal light is a pyramid of very dim light seen in the west after evening twilight and in the east after morning twilight. It is light scattered from the Sun by countless micro-meteoroidal particles along the plane of the solar system. (more) 1
Clear Lake Visions
1:00PM
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Space Shuttle Columbia lost, 2003
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Cub Scout 26
6:00PM
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Apollo 14 lands on the Moon 1971
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Clear Lake Elem
10:30AM
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Chinese
New Year
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WWU Ridgeway
6:00PM
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WCC A100
6:00PM
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Whatcom YMCA
10:30AM
Galileo Galilei born 1564
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WWU A113
6:00PM
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Nicholous Copernicus
born 1473
(bio)
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John Glenn
orbits Earth in "Friendship 7" 1962
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WCC A100
6:00PM
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Catanzaro
10:30AM
Light Homeschool
1:30PM
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Showalter
1:00PM
Supernova 1987A Observed
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WCC A100
6:00PM
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Whatcom Home School
10:00AM
Camano Seniors
11:30AM

Aurora photo by RL.Dietz



Western Washington University Planetarium
MARCH   2013
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Leo is now high in the southeastern sky in the evening and increasingly dominates the spring sky. From northern latitudes look for the Big Dipper straight up on the zenith. (constellations)

M51, the Whirlpool Galaxy, is beautiful in telescopes or binoculars. Look 3.5 degrees southeast from the easternmost star of the Big Dipper. (galaxies)

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WCC A100
6:00PM
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WWU A113
6:00PM
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Isom Elem
10:15AM, 11:30AM, 1:00PM
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Daylight Savings Time begins for most of America
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Cub Scouts
Pack 20
6:30PM
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WWU A113
6:00PM
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Albert Einstein born in Ulm, Württemberg, Germany 1879
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Cub Scout
Pack 19
6:00PM
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Vernal Equinox
11:02 UTC
(seasons)
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Camano Island
Lighthouse Co-op
10:00AM
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Evergreen
10:30AM, 12:00PM
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31 March is the month of the "Messier Marathon" which is when amateur astronomers attempt to see as many of the M Objects in one night as they can. The Messier Catalog represents most of the real showpiece objects for small telescopes. Due to the position of the Sun it is theoretically possible to see all of them this month, especially around the night of the new moon when the sky is the darkest. (Messiers)



Western Washington University Planetarium
APRIL   2013
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WACO
7:00PM
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Apollo 13 launched, 1970
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Mary Purcell
10:30AM & 12:00PM
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WWU 113
11:00AM
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WWU 113
11:00AM
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Shuttle lands for first time (Columbia) 1981
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Wilbur Wright born, 1867
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Everson LDS
6:45PM
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Sandelin 9:30AM
Parkview NOON
Blaine 6:00PM
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WWU 113
11:00AM
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Lyrid Meteor Shower

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Hubble Space Telescope launched, 1990
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WWU 113
11:00AM
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Saturn at Opposition (Saturn)
29 30 The Lyrid Meteor shower peaks on the 22nd at a rate of 20 per hour. Lyrid meteors radiate from a point in the sky near the bright star Vega. (meteors)



Western Washington University Planetarium
MAY   2013
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The Eta Aquarids meteor shower peaks on May 5 but actully stretches from April 21 to May 12. It produces about 10 meteors per hour at the peak. Best viewing is after midnight. (meteors) 1

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WWU 113
11:00AM
Big Lake Elem
12:15PM
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Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower
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WCC A100
6:00PM
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WCC A100
6:00PM
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WWU 113
11:00AM

Apollo 10 launched 1969
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WCC A100
6:00PM
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WCC A100
6:00PM
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WWU 113 11AM
Back2Bham
7:00 & 8:30PM
tickets required
(360) 650-6146
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Back2Bham
11:00AM, 12:30PM & 3:30PM
tickets required
(360) 650-6146
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Washington Elem
11:00AM & 1:00PM
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WWU 113
11:00AM
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Skylab launched 1973
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Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter.
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WCC A100
6:00PM
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Riemann
10:00AM
Blazevic
7:00PM
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WWU 113
11:00AM



Western Washington University Planetarium
JUNE   2013
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The Big Dipper rises high in the northwest this month. Different cultures have different names for these stars. In the United States it is called the Big Dipper but in England it is called The Plow. In China it is The Wagon. Celtic people also call it The Wagon. American Indian tribes each had their own names for it.

(American Indian Sky)

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WWU A113
2:00PM
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WWU A103
2:00PM
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St Paul 10:00AM
Fisher Elem
11:15AM & 12:30PM
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WWU 113
11:00AM
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closed
for maintenance
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closed
for maintenance
Waldorf 10:00AM
WWU A103 2PM
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closed
for maintenance
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Summer Solstice 5:04 UTC
Longest day of the year
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Lynden Boys & Girls Club
1:00PM
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Meteor explodes over Tunguska Siberia, 1908 (meteors)

Look for the bright stars of the Summer Triangle high over head this month. It consists of the first three stars you can see as it begins to get dark after sunset. The brightest star is Vega, in the constellation of Lyra the harp. Then there is Deneb, the tail feathers of Cygnus the swan. Nearest the horizon is Altair in Aquila the eagle. (bright stars).



Western Washington University Planetarium
JULY   2013
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Corona Borealis is between Hercules and Bootes, high in the summer sky. 1
Galileo reports that Jupiter has moons, 1610
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Earth at aphelion farthest from Sun
1.016 AU
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NWIC
1:30PM
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Ray of Hope
1:00PM
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Seattle Colleges
10:45AM
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Twilight
3:00PM
Apollo 11 launched, 1969
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Ray of Hope
1:00PM
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Grandparents University
5:30PM
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Seattle Colleges
10:45AM
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Anguiano
2:00PM
First humans on the Moon, 1969
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Lummi Nation
1:00PM & 2:00PM
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Ray of Hope
1:00PM
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WWU Kids Camp
11:00AM
Lummi Nation
1:00PM & 2:00PM
Galileo views
Saturn, 1610
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WWU Kids Camp
10:00AM
Apollo 15 launched, 1971
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Lummi Nation
1:00PM & 2:00PM
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Ray of Hope
1:00PM
The crown represents the one that Ariadne, the daughter of King Minos of Crete, wore at her wedding. The crown was created by the supreme goldsmith, Hephaestus (greek myths).



Western Washington University Planetarium
AUGUST   2013
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The Perseid Meteor Shower is a yearly favorite. It peaks on the 12th with a rate of 50 to 60 per hour. These meteors are actually debris left by comet Swift-Tuttle which takes approximately 130 years to orbit the Sun (comets). 1
Lummi Nation
1:00PM & 2:00PM
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5 Curiosity Rover
lands on Mars 2012
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Perseid Meteor Shower
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Orville Wright born, 1871
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Neptune at Opposition (Neptune)
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Western Washington University Planetarium
SEPTEMBER   2013
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Viking Launch
7:00PM
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Autumnal
Equinox
20:44 UTC
(seasons)
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Neptune discovered 1846 (Neptune)
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Waldorf
9:15AM
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29 30 Another interesting autumn star is Mira, a variable star in the constellation of Cetus. At its brightest it is as bright as the North Star. At its dimmest it is invisible to the naked eye. The whole cycle takes about 330 days. (constellations)



Western Washington University Planetarium
OCTOBER   2013
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Orionid Meteor Shower peaks on the 21st. Hourly rate reaches 20. It's created by debris along the orbital path of Halley's Comet. (comets) 1 2
Special Engagement
10:00AM
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Uranus at Opposition (Uranus)
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Sputnik, first human craft in space, launched from Russia 1957
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Chuck Yeager breaks sound barrier, 1947
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Clear Lake
10:45AM
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Orionid Meteor Shower
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Compass 2 Campus
10:00AM
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Squalicum GAPP
11:15AM
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WWU Open House
7:00PM & 8:30PM
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WWU Open House
12:30PM 3:30PM & 5:30PM
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WWU Open House
1:30PM
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Vatican admits errors in trial of Galileo, 1992 (bio)

In the south, the bright lonely star Fomalhaut shines in solitary splendor. bright stars



Western Washington University Planetarium
NOVEMBER   2013
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The Leonid Meteor Shower peaks on the 17th. Maximum hourly rate typically reaches 10 to 15. This shower is notable for greatly enhanced activity every 33 years. The showering of gravel entering our atmosphere is caused by a river of debris left in space by the passing of comet Tempel-Tuttle. (comets) 1 2
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Savings Time Ends
First dog in space, 1957
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WCC - A100
6:00PM
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WWU FIG
3:00PM
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Hilburn
9:45
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Woodway
3:00PM
Tycho Brahe observes supernova in Cassiopeia, 1572
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WCC - A100
6:00PM
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Apollo 12 launched, 1969
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First message sent to M13 by Arecibo radioscope, 1974
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Leonid Meteor Shower (meteors)
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Marsh
7:00PM
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Edwin Hubble born, 1889 (Hubble's Law)
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WCC
International 2:30PM
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WWU A103
9:00AM
WCC - A100
6:00PM
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Western Washington University Planetarium
DECEMBER   2013
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WWU A103
9:30AM
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WWU FIG
3:00PM
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10:00AM
Bridgeway
11:00AM
WWU A315
1:00PM
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Hicks
3:30PM
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Price
Homeschool
10:00AM
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Geminid Meteor Shower
(meteors)
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First sustained powered flight at Kitty Hawk, NC, 1903
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Winter Solstice
17:11 UTC
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Apollo 8 sends message from lunar orbit, 1968
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Isaac Newton born 1642
(Newton)
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Johannes Kepler born 1571
(Kepler's Laws)
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29 30 31 The winter Milky Way can be traced from Cassiopeia in the north, through Auriga high overhead, then south past the red star called Betelguese in Orion. (Milky Way)

Orion takes center stage. (constellations)

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