Story: Night sky

The changing night sky

The changing night sky

As the earth orbits the sun, different parts of the sky become visible. Stars that can be seen year round are known as circumpolar stars. Others come into view as the earth sweeps around different regions of the sky. This diagram shows the regions visible from the southern hemisphere during winter and summer.

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John Field and Maggy Wassilieff, 'Night sky - Southern skies', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 December 2023)

Story by John Field and Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006