Constellations

Rotation Of Constellations A Matter of Perspective

Constellations

The direction in which the constellations appear to rotate in the night sky is truly a matter of perspective, and is determined by the Earth’s rotation, as well as the direction in which an observer is facing. Looking north, the constellations appear to rotate counterclockwise around a fixed point in the night sky known as the north celestial pole, which is located near the north star Polaris. This is because the Earth spinning from West to East means the ground beneath you is rotating to your right, while above you the stars appear to follow an East to West direction (right to left) just like the Sun, Moon, and planets. If you face south, however, the stars would seem to revolve in a clockwise direction (left to right);

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