Make a star compass!

Find out what the brightest stars are in your location, where they rise on the azimuth (compass points). You can learn to tell time and the seasons, by watching which stars rise and set, too.

The Stellarium desktop planetarium is free, crossplatform and open source.

Stellarium is cool because you can toggle on different star cultures under 'star lore.'

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Want to be a solar punk techno druid?

Start up Stellarium go into > Configuration > Plugins, then enable 'ArcheoLines'. This will give you the lines of the solstices, equinoxes and cross quarter. Enable 'Navigational Stars' and 'Compass Marks' so you can learn the brightest stars. Keep "Ground" toggled on, so you can see a simulated Horizon, and imagine standing in a field and building a little Sky Henge of your own. (or green house or passive solar.)

I like to toggle on the line of the ecliptic (of Date), this is the path of the sun and stars through the sky in your location on a given date. You'll find this under > Sky and Viewing Options > Markings. You can also enable the Azimuth Grid in the bottom configuration window (compass marks extended into the sky) so you can get your bearings. For more info see Stellarium Wiki and Users Guide. It's a huge program with all sorts of bells and whistles. Have fun!

@ewankeep *poof!*

Sorry, I think I was summoned? Hi, nice to meet you, I brought mead.

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