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Stargazing This Summer? Here's How To Point Out Planets And Constellations

When it comes to navigating the night sky, many of us don't get much further than the Big Dipper. Astronomer Dean Regas hopes to change that.
"100 Things to See in the Southern Night Sky," by Dean Regas. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Warm summer nights mean it’s time for stargazing. But when it comes to identifying planets, stars and constellations, many of us don’t get much further than the Big Dipper.

With his new book “100 Things to See in the Southern Night Sky,” astronomer Dean Regas hopes to change that.

“I’m in love with the stars, because they’re so far away, so distant) tells ‘s Robin Young. “I try to know them all personally if I can. It’s the ultimate long-distance relationship, I have to say.”

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