How to see the ‘Great Hexagon’ of bright winter stars this weekend

High toward the south this week at around 9:30 p.m. local time, we can see a “Great Hexagon” of bright winter stars; a pattern that was first conceived by author Hans Augusto Rey (1898-1977) in his popular sky guide “The Stars — A New Way to See Them.” 

Mr. Rey’s chief claim to fame was as the creator of the mischievous little monkey, Curious George. But he was also a very assiduous amateur astronomer and both of his star guides (the other, a children’s’ book, “Find the Constellations“) are considered enduring classics from the 1950s and have never been out of print since they were first published by Houghton Mifflin Co. of Boston. 

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