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The Sharpless Catalog

Constellations

Below is a table of the 88 constellations and the approximate date when constellation is highest in the sky for the times below.   Clicking the button gives more detail on the given constellation.

For each hour earlier, add 15 days to the date
For each hour later, subtract 15 days to the date

For each week earlier, add 28 minutes to the time
Each week later, subtract 28 minutes to the time

Constellation

Meaning

Dec

6:00 pm

9:00 pm

12:00 am

3:00 am

6:00 am

Princess

+41°

Jan 9

Nov 23

Oct 9

Aug 23

Jul 9

Air Pump

-33°

Jun 10

Apr 24

Mar 10

Jan 14

Dec 10

Bird of Paradise

-74°

Aug 21

Jul 5

May 21

Apr 5

Jul 9

Water Carrier

-11°

Nov 25

Oct 9

Aug 25

Jul 9

Jun 25

The Eagle

+03°

Sep 16

Aug 30

Jul 16

May 31

Apr 16

The Altar

-53°

May 1

Mar 17

Jan 31

Dec 17

Oct 31

The Ram

+23°

Jan 30

Dec 14

Oct 30

Aug 14

Jul 30

The Charioteer

+41°

Mar 21

Feb 14

Dec 21

Nov 14

Sep 21

The Hunter

+36°

Aug 2

Jun 16

May 02

Mar 16

Feb 02

The Chisel

-38°

Mar 01

Jan 15

Dec 01

Oct 15

Sep 01

The Giraffe

+71°

Mar 23

Feb 06

Dec 23

Nov 06

Sep 23

The Crab

+24°

Apr 30

Mar 16

Jan 30

Dec 16

Oct 30

Hunting Dogs

+42°

Jul 07

May 22

Apr 07

Feb 22

Jan 07

Greater Dog

-20°

Apr 02

Feb 16

Jan 02

Nov 16

Oct 02

Lesser Dog

+07°

Apr 14

Feb 28

Jan 14

Nov 28

Oct 14

The Goat-Fish

-21°

Nov 08

Sep 22

Aug 08

Jun 22

May 08

The Keel

-61°

May 01

Mar 17

Jan 31

Dec 17

Oct 31

The Queen

+63°

Jan 09

Nov 23

Oct 09

Aug 23

Jul 09

The Centaur

-44°

Jun 30

May 14

Mar 30

Feb 14

Dec 30

The King

+69°

Dec 29

Nov 13

Sep 29

Aug 13

Jun 29

The Whale

-04°

Jan 15

Nov 29

Oct 15

Aug 29

Jul 15

None

-79°

Jun 01

Apr 15

Mar 01

Jan 15

Dec 01

The Compasses

-60°

Jul 30

Jun 14

Apr 30

Mar 14

Jan 30

The Dove

-37°

Mar 18

Feb 01

Dec 18

Nov 01

Sep 18

Berenice's Hair

+23°

Jul 02

May 17

Apr 02

Feb 17

Jan 02

Southern Crown

-40°

Sep 30

Aug 14

Jun 30

May 14

Mar 30

Northern Crown

+32°

Aug 19

Jul 03

May 19

Apr 03

Feb 19

The Crow

-18°

Jun 28

May 12

Mar 28

Feb 12 

Dec 28

The Cup

-14°

Jun 12

Apr 26

Mar 12

Jan 26

Dec 12

Southern Cross

-61°

Jun 28

May 12

Mar 28

Feb 12

Dec 28

The Swan

+40°

Oct 30

Sep 13

Jul 30

Jun 13

Apr 30

The Dolphin

+10°

Oct 31

Sep 14

Jul 31

Jun 14

Apr 30

The Goldfish

-64°

Mar 17

Jan 31

Dec 17

Oct 31

Sep 17

The Dragon

+63°

Aug 24

Jul 08

May 24

Apr 08

Feb 24

Little Horse

+04°

Nov 08

Sep 22

Aug 08

Jun 22

May 08

The River

-15°

Feb 10

Dec 25

Nov 10

Sep 25

Aug 10

The Furnace

-32°

Feb 02

Dec 17

Nov 02

Sep 17

Aug 02

The Twins

+19°

Apr 05

Feb 19

Jan 05

Nov 19

Oct 05

The Crane

-42°

Nov 28

Oct 12

Aug 28

Jul 12

May 28

None

+36°

Sep 13

Jul 28

Jun 13

Apr 28

Mar 13

Pendulum Clock

-52°

Feb 10

Dec 25

Nov 10

Sep 10

Jul 25

Water Snake

-20°

Jun 15

Apr 29

Mar 15

Jan 29

Dec 15

Lesser Snake

-70°

Jan 26

Dec 10

Oct 26

Sep 10

Jul 26

The Indian

-56°

Nov 12

Sep 26

Aug 12

Jun 26

May 12

The Lizard

+46°

Nov 28

Oct 12

Aug 28

Jul 12

May 28

The Lion

+17°

Jun 01

Apr 15

Mar 01

Jan 15

Dec 01

Lesser Lion

+37°

May 23

Apr 09

Feb 23

Jan 09

Nov 23

The Hare

-17°

Feb 14

Jan 28

Dec 14

Oct 28

Sep 14

The Scales

-11°

Aug 09

Jun 23

May 09

Mar 23

Feb 09

The Wolf

-36°

Aug 09

Jun 23

May 09

Mar 23

Feb 09

None

+51°

Apr 19

Mar 05

Jan 19

Dec 05

Nov 19

The Harp

+33°

Oct 04

Aug 18

Jul 04

May 18

Apr 04

Table Mountain

-76°

Mar 14

Jan 28

Dec 14

Oct 28

Sep 14

The Microscope

-34°

Nov 04

Sep 18

Aug 04

Jun 18

May 04

The Unicorn

-06°

Apr 05

Feb 19

Jan 05

Nov 19

Oct 05

The Fly

-70°

Jun 30

May 14

Mar 30

Feb 14

Dec 30

The Level

-51°

Aug 19

Jul 03

May 19

Apr 03

Feb 19

The Octant

-87°

Oct 15

Aug 29

Jul 15

May 29

Apr 15

Serpent Holder

00°

Sep 11

Jul 26

Jun 11

Apr 26

Mar 11

The Hunter

00°

Mar 13

Jan 27

Dec 13

Oct 27

Sep 13

The Peacock

-61°

Oct 15

Aug 29

Jul 15

May 29

Apr 15

Winged Horse

+19°

Dec 01

Oct 16

Sep 01

Jul 16

Jun 01

The Hero

+45°

Feb 07

Dec 22

Nov 07

Sep 22

Aug 07

The Phoenix

-47°

Jan  04

Nov 18

Oct 04

Aug 18

Jul 04

Painter's Easel

-53°

Feb 16

Jan 30

Dec 16

Oct 30

Sep 16

The Fish

+12°

Dec 27

Nov 11

Sep 27

Aug 11

Jun 27

Southern Fish

-30°

Nov 25

Oct 09

Aug 25

Jul 09

May 25

The Stern

-31°

Apr 08

Feb 22

Jan 08

Nov 22

Oct 08

The Compass

-31°

May 04

Mar 21

Feb 04

Dec 21

Nov 04

The Reticle

-59°

Feb 19

Jan 03

Nov 19

Oct 03

Aug 19

The Arrow

+19°

Oct 16

Aug 30

Jul 16

May 30

Apr 16

The Archer

-30°

Sep 08

July 23

Jun 08

Apr 23

Mar 08

The Scorpion

-32°

Sep 03

Jul 18

Jun 03

Apr 18

Mar 03

The Sculptor

-32°

Dec 26

Nov 10

Sep 26

Aug 10

Jun 26

The Shield

-09°

Oct 01

Aug 15

Jul 01

May 15

Apr 01

The Serpent

+11°

Sep 06

Jul 21

Jun 06

Apr 21

Mar 06

The Sextant

+02°

May 22

Apr 08

Feb 22

Jan 08

Nov 22

The Bull

+16°

Mar 02

Jan 14

Nov 30

Oct 14

Aug 30

The Telescope

-49°

Oct 10

Aug 24

Jul 10

May 24

Apr 10

The Triangle

+32°

Jan 23

Dec 07

Oct 23

Sep 07

Jul 23

South Triangle

-66°

Aug 23

Jul 07

May 23

Apr 07

Feb 23

The Toucan

-64°

Dec 17

Nov 01

Sep 17

Aug 01

Jun 17

The Great Bear

+58°

Jun 11

Apr 25

Mar 11

Jan 25

Dec 11

Lesser Bear

+80°

Aug 13

Jun 27

May 13

Mar 27

Feb 13

The Sails

-47°

May 13

Mar 26

Feb 13

Dec 26

Nov 13

The Virgin

00°

Jul 11

May 26

Apr 11

Feb 26

Jan 11

The Flying Fish

-66°

Apr 18

Mar 04

Jan 18

Dec 04

Oct 18

The Fox

+27°

Oct 25

Sep 08

Jul 25

Jun 08

Apr 25