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Posted by Thunderclapping Audience on Friday, January 31, 2014 6:12 PM

Hi my name is Raven's Sacred Voice. I am a Cherokee Native American.

I am trying to find something. I want to know if there are any constellations that may contain a square star formation, such that the base of the square is parallel to the horizon.

I am new to this site. I figured to find some answers it would be a good idea to talk to people on an astronomy forum.

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Posted by chipdatajeffB on Friday, January 31, 2014 6:33 PM

Welcome  to the Forum.

Since the Earth rotates, all the constellations change their orientation relative to the horizon from moment to moment. Any square pattern of stars with one edge parallel to the horizon would have that orientation only momentarily.

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Posted by DaveMitsky on Friday, January 31, 2014 9:44 PM

Jeff's right, of course, but in case you don't know there is a noteworthy astronomical "square", one that's part of a constellation.  It's the asterism known as the Great Square of Pegasus.

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Posted by StarFarmer on Saturday, February 01, 2014 8:45 AM

Hello Raven's Sacred Voice.  Another (almost square) pattern found tonight at 22:26:41 at my location in NW OK would be found using Cepheus, the King of Aethiopia.  It hugs the northern horizon from here and is pretty much circumpolar.  I don't know your location so if you live way south this may not work for you.

I have rotated the Stellarium page to work better on my computer so the cardinal points are opposite of where they should be.  I'm sure you can figure out the correct orientation.  Use Iota Cep, Beta Cep (Alfirk), Zeta Cep, and Alpha Cep (Alderamin).

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Posted by Antitax on Sunday, February 02, 2014 1:00 AM

Thunderclapping Audience

I want to know if there are any constellations that may contain a square star formation, such that the base of the square is parallel to the horizon.

   But why are you asking this?

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