What constellations are visible from the South Pole?
Astronomical visibility from the South Pole is some of the best on earth. The view is through the largest part of the galaxy toward the Southern Hemisphere of stars. From there, depending on the season, you can see such constellations as:
Southern Circumpolar Constellations
- Carina Centaurus
- Southern Cross
Southern Spring Constellation
Southern Summer Constellations
- Canis Major
This list is according to a Google search for Southern Hemisphere Constellations.
Circumpolar constellations are visible all year long, depending on where you are viewing them from. At the north pole, or the south pole, some constellations are visible year-round, these are the circumpolar constellations. On the equator, there are no circumpolar constellations because of the earths rotation, that is why circumpolar constellations are at the "poles". Some of the circumpolar constellations can also be viewed from other parts of the same hemisphere, such as the big…
The constellations along or near the ecliptic, including the constellations of the Zodiac, are visible from most of north and south america. At high latitudes in either direction, the equatorial constellations will be pretty low on the horizon and may not be visible unless the terrain is fairly flat, or from high elevations such as mountain peaks.
If you were on the Equator you would see all of them. Otherwise it depends where you live. I live in New Zealand at latitude 35° S. So I can't see any northern stars closer than 35° to the North Celestial Pole. If you live in the north at say 35°N, then you wouldn't see those stars which are closer than 35° to the South Celestial Pole.
The constellations near the plane of the ecliptic (the zodiacal constellations) are only visible at certain times of the year. The constellations towards the poles (N and S) are visible at all times of the year from their respective hemispheres. In the South, the Southern Cross would be one example and in the North the Great Bear (or plough) would be another.
About half of the time. The Moon's orbit isn't parallel to the Equator, nor to the ecliptic; sometimes the Moon is north of the equator (and visible from the North Pole) and sometimes it is south of the equator and NOT visible from the North Pole. (However, at those times it would be visible from the SOUTH Pole.) * The Moon is less visible during the North Pole summer, when the Sun is above the…