Lacerta in Bode’s 1801 star atlas
Courtesy of Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering and Technology
Lacerta is one of the ten smallest constellations of the Northern Hemisphere sky and fairly dim. Let’s dark adapt and see if we can tease our wriggly friend into view.
1) Face south. If you don’t know the cardinal directions at your location and you don’t have a compass, make note of where the sun sets on the horizon. That spot is approximately west. Stand with your right shoulder to the west, and you’ll be facing approximately south.
2) About an hour after sunset you should be able to spot the Great Square of Pegasus nearly overhead or, if you’re observing from a far north latitude, about a quarter of the way from the zenith (the spot directly overhead) down toward the southern horizon.
Star maps created with Your Sky