Navigation by the stars: finding south

For thousands of years travellers would use the stars for navigation.

Here in the southern hemisphere we can easily find our way when lost at night by learning to find the constellation of Crux (the Southern Cross) and the Pointers (Alpha and Beta Centauri).

Draw two imaginary lines, one through the Southern Cross and the other perpendicular to a line joining the two pointer stars. Where these lines meet is known as the Southern Celestial Pole. Look directly towards the horizon below this point and you will be facing south.

Finding South

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