Everything You Need to Know About Constellations

Other than black holes in space, there are other bodies worth talking about. One of these bodies in space is our stars. These stars make up 3.7% of the sky. A specific pattern these stars make has made stories in various mythologies and religions. 

Without a doubt, stars used to provide a navigation system in the past. The sea voyagers still use these patterns to navigate their way through the rough waters. Let’s learn everything about constellations:

What is a Constellation?

Constellations are groups of stars that form a specific space when viewed from Earth. The pattern they make can be an animal, a mythological creature, an inanimate object, etc. In 1922, astronomers divided the sky into 88 different constellations. 

These 88 constellations also include 48 ancient constellations listed by Ptolemy, a Greek astronomer. 

Star Maps

Star maps contain the brightest stars and their patterns that give rise to these constellations’ names. These maps represent the position of each star when we look at them from the Earth. 

The stars in constellations may have a considerable distance from one another. Some of these stars are bright as they are close to the earth, while the others are bright because of how big they are. 

Hemisphere and Seasons

All the constellations that you see aren’t visible from a single stand-point from the earth. The star maps are divided into the northern hemisphere and the southern hemisphere. The season also affects the constellations you see from your location on earth. 

The Most Famous Constellations

Orion

Perhaps the most visible constellation from our night sky, Orion can easily be found due to its location. You can see it throughout the world. Named after a famous hunter from Greek mythology, the brightest stars making up this constellation are Betelgeuse and Rigel. These are stars bigger than the sun. Betelgeuse is one of the biggest stars known to humankind. 

Ursa Major and Ursa Minor

Ursa Major is widely visible in the northern hemisphere, and in Latin, it means Big Bear. The Ursa Major constellation has the Big Dipper as its part, which is usually used to locate any location’s north direction. 

On the other hand, Ursa Minor means Small Bear in Latin and is located near Ursa Major. It makes the pattern of a small spoon called the Little Dipper, which is part of its overall formation.

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