The constellations are listed under the month in which they have their upper transit at about 9.00 pm local mean solar time. For New Zealand, this is equivalent to about 9.30 pm NZST (winter months) or 10.30 pm NZDT (summer months). The previous month the constellations will be at their highest two hours later, while the following month they will be highest two hours earlier. In summer months this will be during daylight for temperate latitudes.

Each constellation will be well placed for viewing mid evening during the month shown. In the previous months the constellation is likely to be visible to the east mid-evening and be well placed later in the night. In the following months the constellation may be visible to the west soon after sunset, but is likely to set after a few hours or less. Southerly constellations are circum-polar and so visible all night.

This is not the only month in which constellations are visible, see notes for individual constellations. It is the month in which they are highest and generally best placed for viewing at 9.00 pm Local Solar Time. For larger constellations, different parts may culminate an hour or more either side of this time.

 

 

JANUARY
Eridanus Caelum Taurus Reticulum
Camelopardus Dorado Auriga Mensa
Lepus Orion    
FEBRUARY
Columbia Pictor Canis Major Canis Minor
Monoceros Gemini    
MARCH
Puppis Volans Lynx Cancer
Pyxis Carina Hydra Vela
APRIL
Atila Leo Sextans Leo Minor
Chamaeleon Ursa Major Crater  
MAY
Hydra Corvus Centaurus Coma Berenices
Crux Musca Canes Venetici Virgo
JUNE
Bootes Circinus Hydra  
JULY
Corona Borealis Serpens Caput Triangulum Norma
Apus Libra Lupus Hercules
Scorpius Ara    
AUGUST
Draco Serpens Cauda Ophiucus Corona Australis
Lyra Scutum Saggitarius Telescopium
Pavo      
SEPTEMBER
Saggita Aquila Microscopium Vulpecula
Delphinius Cygnus Capricornus Indus
Equuleus Octans    
OCTOBER
Aquarius Cepheus Grus Lacerta
Pisces Austrinus Pegasus    
NOVEMBER
Tucana Andromeda Cassiopeia Sculptor
Pisces Phoenix Cetus  
DECEMBER
Hydrus Triangulum Aries Fornax
Horologium Perseus