The Northwoods Night Sky

September 27, 2017

The Northwoods Night Sky

One of our favorite things about the Northwoods of Minnesota is the night sky. Our resorts are tucked away in the woods far from light pollution allowing for some of the best star gazing. On a clear night with a new moon, the night sky illuminates with millions of visible stars. You will love picking out constellations and spotting shooting stars during your Northwoods vacation.

The night sky changes with the seasons exposing different constellations and moving others to different areas of the sky so make sure you know which constellations to look for. You can see Cassiopeia, Cepheus, Ursa Major (commonly known as the big dipper), and Ursa Minor (commonly known as the little dipper) year round from the Minnesota sky.

Constellations that can be seen in the Minnesota night sky throughout the year are:

Spring Constellations
  • Bootes
  • Cancer
  • Crater
  • Hydra
  • Leo
  • Virgo
Summer Constellations
  • Aquila
  • Cygnus
  • Hercules
  • Lyra
  • Ophiuchus
  • Sagittarius
  • Scorpius
Autumn Constellations
  • Andromeda
  • Aquarius
  • Capricornus
  • Pegasus
  • Pisces
Winter Constellations
  • Canis Major
  • Cetus
  • Eridanus
  • Gemini
  • Orion
  • Perseus
  • Taurus

Check out Sky Date to learn fun information about the constellations. You can view sky maps by season and a list of weekly sky events such as meteor showers and when and where certain planets will be visible.

Plan your vacation to the Minnesota Northwoods and have the ultimate stargazing experience.

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