Sky Charts for Light-polluted Suburbs

Sky Charts for Light-polluted Suburbs

Besides light-polluted suburbs, these views might also be found from the rooftops of buldings in New York City and other large, heavily light-polluted cities, or if you are in and upper-floor apartment with a balcony that faces west; getting above the lights along the streets below will help. Views like this might also be found in the darker parts of Central Park.

As shown in these charts, only the brighter stars will be visible with the strong light pollution of most suburban locations; most of the stars of Leo can’t be seen and the “sickle” can’t be distinguished. Low in the west, Jupiter and Procyon should still be easily seen, if they are not obstructed by trees, buildings, or lights; hopefully, the twin stars Castor and Pollux, above very bright Jupiter, will be above any obstructions to help serve as a guide; in the sky, Regulus is roughly halfway between Jupiter and Mars. Mars is the bright reddish planet to the right and above the Moon, with the contrasting but fainter bluish-white star Spica nearby.

For a printer-friendly version of the chart (inverted colors, black stars on a white background), click here. You won’t see the names, or any lines, in the sky. What you will really see is more like the second view (but short red lines mark Regulus; of course, they won’t be in the sky). Printer-friendly versions of both charts (inverted colors, black stars on a white background) are at the bottom (the short “Regulus” marks are blue).  In astronomical jargon, these charts show stars down to about 2nd magnitude.

Computer friendly version for your eyes


Sky Chart for light-polluted suburbs, with labels


Sky chart for light-polluted suburbs, no labels

Printer friendly version (save your ink!)


Sky chart for light-polluted suburbs, with labels, printer-friendly version


Sky chart for light-polluted suburbs, no labels, printer-friendly version