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Contents:   1. Introduction¹   2. Constellation¹   3. Star Charts & Ephemeris²

Constellations in the Sky - An Introduction

The northern constellations. The southern constellations.
Northern Hemisphere Southern Hemisphere


Some Tidbits About the Constellations

  • A bear figure has been connected with the constellation Ursa Major since the Ice Ages.

  • The ancient Babylonians and Egyptians had constellation figures before the Greeks.

  • Ancient poets identified the Milky Way as the "road of the gods."

  • The constellation of the Hunter (Orion) is accompanied by his hunting dogs (Canis Major and Canis Minor.)

  • The Babylonians and Greeks each identified the five visible planets with one of their gods.

  • The Pleiades (the Seven Sisters) were a seasonal sign common to many ancient civilizations.

  • Triangulum is the only geometric shape among the Greek and Roman constellation figures.

  • Three animals³ are represented twice among the constellations:
    Canis Major/Canis Minor, Ursa Major/Ursa Minor, Pisces/Piscis Austrinus.

  • The constellation figures of the northern hemisphere are over 2000 years old.

But, what are constellations??

Go to Constellations.

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      ³ The animals are dog, bear, and fish, respectively.

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