Zodiacal constellations

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 Ram (Aries - Ari)

The constellation Ram (Aries - Ari)

The constellation of Ram, as you can see in the map taken from Stellarium, is obviously between Pisces and Taurus, in a zone of sky where it is not difficult to notice two triangles, one the Triangle and the other (more crushed) Aries, just below Andromeda. […]

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 Twins (Gemini - Gem)

The constellation Twins (Gemini - Gem)

A multimedia constellation The constellation of Gemini appears majestic, inextricably linked to the nearby Taurus and Orion below, in a fascinating set of truly breathtaking star clusters: it does not appear at all diminished compared to the magnificent […]

The constellation Libra (Libra - Libra)

The constellation Libra (Libra - Libra)

The Zuben family We have arrived at Libra, a zodiacal constellation (and therefore crossed by the Sun in its apparent annual motion) inconspicuous and difficult to find in the sky, due to the fact that the brightest stars that are part of it are all […]

The constellation Cancer (Cancer - Cnc)

The constellation Cancer (Cancer - Cnc)

It is a constellation particularly difficult to see in the city sky, now more and more polluted by lights: Cancer does not present particularly bright stars (the brightest, β Cnc, Al Tarf, is of magnitude 3.5) and it can be found, however, very easily halfway […]

The Constellation Virgin (Virgo - Vir)

The Constellation Virgin (Virgo - Vir)

We are about to analyze another zodiacal constellation, that is one of the twelve constellations included in a band straddling the imaginary line (the ecliptic) crossed by the Sun on the celestial vault in the course of a year. The constellation is very vast and […]

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 Bull Constellation (Taurus - Tau)

The Bull Constellation (Taurus - Tau)

A bull among the stars, in ancient times ¿How the constellation Taurus was depicted in antiquity? In this case we see that Hevelius represented the Taurus in a specular way with respect to its appearance in the celestial sphere: to see it correctly we must […]

The constellation Ophiuchus (Ophiucus - Oph)

The constellation Ophiuchus (Ophiucus - Oph)

The daring Ophiuchus The constellation Ophiuchus is not one of the most recognizable in the sky, since its stars are not brighter than the second magnitude, but once found in the sky, just above the Scorpio, you can also imagine the figure of a person […]