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Skywatch: Use a popular asterism to help you find your way

The Big Dipper can point you to the North Star.

When we get some clearing you can use a popular asterism to help you find your way in the wilderness.

The Big Dipper is hard to miss in the northern sky right now. The two stars on the outside of the cup can be used to help you locate Polaris.

Make an imaginary line with the two and they’ll point to the North Star. Once you know which way north is you can figure out the other three cardinal directions.

The Moon and Mars will meet up next week. It’ll be nearby the Red Planet on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Above is how you’ll find it on Thursday night.

Speaking of the moon, it’ll reach First Quarter on Friday afternoon at 1:47. Look for the half moon if you’re out and about on Friday night. Happy hunting!