What are Constellations Anyway?

This page will give you an intro to ancient Astronomy constellations. Well, they are star groupings that form patterns in the sky. These star groupings came from the imaginations of people like sailors, astronomers, and farmers over many thousands of years.

They help you to find the stars and where they are in the sky. On a clear night, you can see at least 1500 stars! People came up with the idea of these star groupings to map out the sky into manageable sections.

Did you know there are 88 constellations that are recognized today?

Now that you know how many star groupings there are, let`s talk about some of the more popular ones.

Andromeda The chained lady. In greek mythology, Andromeda was chained to a rock as a sacrifice to a monster on the sea. Perseus saved her life, so she married him.

Canis major The great dog. In greek mythology, one of the hunting dogs of Orion.

Cygnus The Swan. According to the legend, Cygnus is one of the birds Hercules hunts. Don`t worry! Cygnus got away!

Orion The hunter. In greek mythology, a scorpion stung Orion and he died.

Constellations are cool! And they help astronomers make sense of all those stars too. The next time you`re looking at the night sky, see if you can pick a few out! You won`t even need a telescope!

Heck, since they are star groupings, a fun game would be to look at some stars and try to make some new star groupings. That would be a great way to start your study of Astronomy. Even though they wouldn’t be official star groupings, you’d be having fun, and the best approach to learning something is to make it fun.

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