The 88 major constellations

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 […]

Two Australian constellations: the Phoenix and the Toucan

Two Australian constellations: the Phoenix and the Toucan

The Phoenix In this diagram of Stellarium we see in which zone of sky the Phoenix is located: practically more to the South and slightly shifted to the left compared to Fomalhaut, which in summer is seen shining (in a zone of sky devoid of stars just […]

Constellation Dolphin (Delphinus - Del)

Constellation Dolphin (Delphinus - Del)

If in the middle of summer we make observations of the starry sky, it is not difficult to come across three very small constellations, two of which are really right and which, once recognized, are very difficult to forget. Through the Stellarium website, […]

The Sculptor Tools Constellation (Sculptor - Scl)

The Sculptor Tools Constellation (Sculptor - Scl)

The Sculptor Tools constellation from Stellarium From the star map made with Stellarium we can see its location in the sky, just east of the Southern Fish and therefore clearly visible, although not very high on the horizon, at our latitudes. If we […]

The Crane Constellation (Grus - Crane)

The Crane Constellation (Grus - Crane)

The Crane constellation In the beautiful summer nights, if we look southwards, we can notice the well known Fomalhaut, the α of the Southern Fish, which stands out in an area of sky poor of bright stars, very close to much better known constellations such […]

The constellation of the Dove (Columba - Col)

The constellation of the Dove (Columba - Col)

The celestial map of the Dove (from Stellarium) It is a constellation with just one bright star of 2nd magnitude, while all the others are weaker. From the celestial map of Stellarium, however, we can see that this small constellation is located […]

Constellation Southern Crown (Corona Australis-CrA)

Constellation Southern Crown (Corona Australis-CrA)

The Southern Crown The constellation of the Southern Crown It is a small constellation that would be very easy to recognize if only its stars were brighter: the brightest (α CrA) is in fact of fourth magnitude. But it is in a position that is easily remembered: […]

The constellation of the Swan (Cygnus - Cyg)

The constellation of the Swan (Cygnus - Cyg)

Introduction I was talking about the Milky Way: already from the picture of Stellarium you can see that our swan with its wings spread out seems to fly along this whitish, milky river. And from the photo you can notice that parallel to the body of the […]

The Microscope Constellation (Microscopium-Mic)

The Microscope Constellation (Microscopium-Mic)

The name, the story, the myth Many of the celestial constellations born during the 17th and 18th centuries celebrate the progress of science, so it should not be surprising the name given to this constellation, Microscope, wanted by Nicolas Louis de La Caille, […]

The Constellation Centaur (Centaurus-Cen)

The Constellation Centaur (Centaurus-Cen)

The name, the history, the myth For the Greek mythographers this constellation represented the most illustrious of the centaurs, Chiron, illegitimate son of Cronus (Saturn) and Filyra, a nymph of the sea. The centaurs, creatures […]