Things to see in the night tour
After the sun sets and night falls, the star-filled night sky appears.
Under the starry sky, green pepes mushrooms glow faintly in the woods. If you're lucky you may be able to see a Bonin flying fox and other nocturnal animals.
Bonin flying fox
Ogasawara is great place for stargazing, as there are few artificial city light on the island.
Please enjoy stargazing of the season!
Spring sky ~around 11p.m. in the beginning of April (9p.m. in the beginning of May)
Bright stars, Arcturus in Boötes, Spica in Virgo and Denebola in Leo forms Spring Triangle.
Other Spring Constellation
Great Bear, Little Bear, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra
Summer sky ~around 11p.m. in the beginning of July (9p.m. in the beginning of August)
You can find beautiful Milky Way in this time of the year. Look for Sagittarius and Scorpio with binocular and you can see the open clusters (a group of up to a few thousand stars).
Vega in Lyra, Deneb in Cygnus and Altair in Aquila forms Summer Triangle.
Other Summer Constellation
Libra, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Delphinus
Autumn sky ~around 11p.m. in the beginning of October (9p.m. in the beginning of November)
You can find the Great Square of Pegasus above you. And you can see Andromeda Galaxy (M31) with the naked eye!
Other Autumn Constellation
Aries, Pisces, Cetus
Winter sky ~around 11p.m. in the beginning of January (9p.m. in the beginning of February)
You can see lots of stars of the first magnitude in this season. Particularly, Sirius in Canis Major is known as the brightest stars (except for planet).
Orion is one of the biggest constellation in winter sky and easy to spot out its hourglass-shaped appearance, when you look up due south.
When you see three stars around Orion's belt through binoculars, you can find reddish nubela and it is Great Orion Nubela.
Betelgeuse in Orion, Sirius in Canis Major and Procyon in Canis Minor forms Winter Triangle.
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World Natural Heritage registration
The Ogasawara Islands were registered as a World Natural Heritage in June 2011.
For more information on the nature of Ogasawara Ogasawara Nature Information Center website.