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
Canis Major/Canis Minor, Ursa Major/Ursa Minor,
- The constellation figures of the northern hemisphere are
over 2000 years old.
But, what are constellations??
Go to Constellations.
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² ©2000-2003 by Kerry Shetline, Skyview Café.
³ The animals are dog, bear, and fish, respectively.