Information about the most known Contstellations

Constellation Arrow (Sagitta - Sge)

Constellation Arrow (Sagitta - Sge)

The name, the story & the […]

The constellation Sea Got (Capricornus - Cap)

The constellation Sea Got (Capricornus - Cap)

Capricorn is a zodiacal constellation that the ancients saw and recognized very well, while for us "citizens" it is particularly difficult to see because of the diffused light of our cities and the lack of bright stars, also because at our latitudes it never appears […]

The constellation Princess of Ethiopia (Andromeda -And)

The constellation Princess of Ethiopia (Andromeda -And)

Andromeda in chains I don't know what it's like, but putting this title in my mind the beautiful (even if a bit dated) song by Tears for Fears titled "Woman in chains"... I'm listening to it right now... But let's start with Astronomy, with this maiden […]

The constellation Eagle (Aquila-Aql)

The constellation Eagle (Aquila-Aql)

The name, the history, the myth The Eagle is an ancient constellation and as such has a very strong mythological history. This constellation has Mesopotamian origins and appears in the most ancient maps, represented as an eagle on a stone relief dated around […]

The constellation Hare (Lepus - Lep)

The constellation Hare (Lepus - Lep)

How many times have we looked towards Orion and immediately afterwards towards Sirius, following the three stars of the famous Belt: in the middle of these lights of the night there is also the Hare, there, just below the hunter's feet and immediately […]

Constellation Berenice's Hair (Coma Berenices -Com)

Constellation Berenice's Hair (Coma Berenices -Com)

Berenice... Who was she? Let's start the description of this small constellation knowing more closely Queen Berenice: a new entry, the dearest Silvia, also fond of Astronomy, will talk about it. For now it is a small and welcome contribution, but then who […]

The constellation Scorpio (Scorpius - Sco)

The constellation Scorpio (Scorpius - Sco)

Introduction The Scorpio: a really beautiful constellation to observe in the summer evenings, without effort, without having to fear the torticollis, since we have it in front of us, low on the horizon, majestic and at the same […]

The Lion constellation

The Lion constellation

A very large constellation The constellation Lion In the introduction I was talking about the spring constellation, precisely because it is best seen in this season, despite the unscientific tradition erroneously associating it with the months of July-August […]

The constellation Lyre  (Lyra - Lyr)

The constellation Lyre (Lyra - Lyr)

A constellation almost upside down Lyra is a constellation that accompanies us on hot summer nights, recognizable by that nocturnal beacon that is the shining Vega. In some cases it reaches almost the zenith, so the torticollis is assured, unless we […]

The Constellation of the Lesser Dog (Canis Minor- Cmi)

The Constellation of the Lesser Dog (Canis Minor- Cmi)

The Lesser Dog The name, the story, the myth The Mesopotamians saw in the Lesser Dog a hunting dog in the swamp, hence perhaps the Arabic designation of Raccoon (Greek Prokion, or "before the dog") as Al Ghumaisa, "wet-eyed"; however, also the Arabic […]

The constellation of the Cross - Southern (Crux - Cru)

The constellation of the Cross - Southern (Crux - Cru)

The founding of Rome and the year 20001 The sky is divided into 88 constellations and among these some of them are never visible at our latitudes, as Australian circumpolars, but it is not certain that some of them were not […]

The constellation Hydra (Hydra-Hya)

The constellation Hydra (Hydra-Hya)

The name, the story, the myth The two small constellations on the back of the Hydra, the Cup and the Crow, lead to distinguish different parts in the water snake, something that already the ancient mythographers have frequently done. The astronomer John Flamsteed […]

The Indian Constellation (Indus - Ind)

The Indian Constellation (Indus - Ind)

The Indian constellation In the introduction I said that it is a southern constellation, because it develops almost completely in the southern celestial hemisphere: the constellation is quite large and its northernmost part is right next to the constellation […]

The constellation Water Bearer (Aquarius - Aqr)

The constellation Water Bearer (Aquarius - Aqr)

As everyone knows, Aquarius is a zodiacal constellation, since the Sun passes within its boundaries during its annual journey. Before proceeding, let me make a not purely astronomical note: the name I use, Aquarius, comes […]

The constellation Unicorn (Monoceros-Mon)

The constellation Unicorn (Monoceros-Mon)

The name, the story, the myth The constellation of the Unicorn was introduced by Jakob Bartschius, or Bartsch, son-in-law of Kepler, in 1624 although some believe that Plancius already introduced it in 1613 with the intention […]

Constellation Little Horse (Equuleus - Equ)

Constellation Little Horse (Equuleus - Equ)

The name, the history & the myth of the Little Horse The constellation of the Little Horse is very ancient, it seems that it was introduced by the Greek astronomer Ptolemy (II century A.D.) […]

The constellation of the Bird of Paradise (Apus - Aps)

The constellation of the Bird of Paradise (Apus - Aps)

The constellation of the Bird of Paradise The constellation we are about to analyze is even further south of the Southern Triangle, now very close to the South Celestial Pole: its Latin name is Apus (to the genitive apodis) and literally means without feet. […]

Constellation Peacock (Pavo - Pav)

Constellation Peacock (Pavo - Pav)

The name, the story, the myth The peacock constellation was introduced in 1603 by Johann Bayer, after being studied by Keyser and established by Plancius between 1596-1598. There exists in Greek […]

Two Geometric Constellations: Norma and Compasses

Two Geometric Constellations: Norma and Compasses

The Norma constellation or Carpenter's level It is a modern constellation, created by the astronomer Lacaille in the middle of the eighteenth century and positioned in a zone of sky easily identifiable for the presence of other very famous stars, but then […]

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