"Chilling Geometry: The Great Winter Triangle Inside the Great Winter Hexagon"

Scheduled air date: 2001 Feb 12-18

The "Winter Hexagon"—a modern asterism—can be seen in the evening skies all month long.  It is comprised of six bright stars from as many constellations.  (The longer-known "Winter Triangle" asterism is much smaller, shown above by the purple lines in the lower-left section of the hexagon.)
(Shown at about 9:00pm at mid-February for mid-Northern latitudes.)

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Illustrations on this page were created using TheSky Astronomy Software, an advanced desktop planetarium program designed for Windows.

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