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Constellations have fascinated astronomers for centuries. They are arbitrary formations of stars perceived as a figure or design, especially one of 88 recognized groups named after characters from classical mythology and various common animals and objects. Questions about the various constellations of stars are what this category is all about.

Asked in Astronomy, Space Travel and Exploration, Planetary Science, Constellations

What are uses of constellation?

Constellations are used as a way of mapping surrounding space so that's its easier for us to find certain planets/stars alot easier. Also in history these constellations have being used for astrology which is suposerly a way of reading ones future, hope this helps ...
Asked in Astronomy, Constellations, Big Dipper

What is the part of a constellation called that is easily recognizable like the big dipper?

A pattern of stars which is not an official constellation (although often they are part of constellations) is called an asterism. The Big Dipper is an asterism; it is actually part of the constellation Ursa Major, "The Large Bear". Another asterism is the Summer Triangle, three bright stars which are actually part of three different constellations. ...
Asked in Science Experiments, Constellations

Why can't you see all the constellations at once?

The Earth is a sphere. An observer looking up can only see the stars on their side of the planet. As the Earth rotates, it exposes the observer to the other stars visible to their hemisphere. Simply put, the earth gets in the way. If the earth were to disappear and you were floating in space, you could freely look around at the celestial sphere and observe the constellations. The number of constellations visible would be limited only by the range of...
Asked in Astronomy, Constellations, Apollo

Is there a constellation for Apollo?

Not really. Apollo was one of the chief gods in the Greek pantheon, and was too important to have a mere constellation; Apollo was represented by the Sun itself. ...
Asked in Astronomy, Constellations

What is the difference between stars and constellations?

Constellations are areas of the sky. Stars are features in the sky. For example: Texas, California and South Carolina are all areas in America (constellations), but Texas is a feature within a state (i.e. a Star). Also, the term constellation has meaning only for earth observers. The stars in a constellation are not really in some kind of group with each other; they can be extremely far apart and completely unrelated, except that from your perspective they are part of a group or cluster...
Asked in Astrology, Astronomy, Constellations

How many constellations are there within the path of the sun in the sky throughout the year which also known as the zodiac?

The classical constellations of the Zodiac are 12, but according to the modern official boundaries of the constellation, the Sun passes through 13 constellations. ...
Asked in Astronomy, Galaxies, Constellations

What is meant by a star's altitude?

The angle you have to raise your chin to go from looking straight at the horizon to looking straight at the star. ...
Asked in Astronomy, Greek and Roman Mythologies, Constellations

What is the story of the Orions belt?

The story of Orion is a Greek tragedy. Artemis, Goddess of the hunt, was searching for recruits to have by her side. She found a young man named Orion and they fell in love. So they traveled the land hunting side by side everyday. Apollo, Artemis' brother, grew jealous that she was spending more time with Orion. So he killed him. Artemis was extremely saddened by the loss and cast Orion's spirit in the sky, making him a constellation for all to see. ...
Asked in Astronomy, Constellations

How do constellations move through out the year?

Constellations do a complete, 360-degree rotation around the entire sky, once every 23hours 56minutes 4seconds. So if you only peek at the sky once a night, always at the same time, then according to your wristwatch, it looks as if the constellations gain almost 4 minutes -- or move about 1 degree west -- every 24 hours. If that's all the observing you do, you might think that the constellations move around the earth once a year. But you would be wrong. ...
Asked in Astronomy, Constellations

What Time of year you see dorado constellation?

First of all, Dorado is pretty far south. If you're anywhere north of about 22° north latitude ... the line roughly through Honolulu, Mexico City, Havana, Mecca, Calcutta, Hanoi, and the southern tips of Taiwan and Baja California ... you can never see any of Dorado at all. Within the USA, Hawaii is the only state from which any of Dorado is visible. And in order to see all of it, you have to be south of about 13° north latitude ... the line...
Asked in Astronomy, Constellations

How long is the crux constellation?

The Crux or Southern Cross constellation is made up of four stars which can be joined in such a way, by an observer on earth, to make a cross shape. Although the smallest constellation, it is one of the most distinctive, appearing on both the New Zealand and Australian national flag. In the sky, it is not very long, maybe just as long as the width of the thumb at arms length. In real terms the distance between the top of the...
Asked in Astronomy, Constellations

Are constellation patterns useful in modern astronomy?

Yes. Landmarks or skymarks are useful for reference points for locations.
Asked in Australia, Flags, Constellations

Can you see the southern cross from the Caribbean?

Yes, the SOuthern Cross is visible from the Caribbean in the Northern Hemisphere's Summer months. April throught to September. ...
Asked in Astronomy, Stars, Constellations

What is the color of Alphard?

Alphard is the brightest star in the constellation Hydra. It has a spectral type of K3 and will have a colour of Orange. See related link for more information. ...
Asked in Astronomy, Galaxies, Constellations, Big Dipper

Does the big dippers stars move?

Yes they do. But they're so far away that you can't see the effects of their motion over the duration of a human lifetime. ...
Asked in Constellations, Aquarius

How did constellation Aquarius get its name Aquarius?

Aquarius - called by the Greeks Hydrochoos, "the Water-Pourer." "Aquarius" is a Latin translation of the Greek name. According to the most ancient sources, Hydrochoos was considered to be Ganymede, the beloved cupbearer of Zeus (the chief Olympian god). ...
Asked in Astronomy, Constellations

How many constellation are recognized by astronomers today?

The sky is divided into 88 constellations.
Asked in Constellations

What is astronomical north?

astronomical north is a more specific reference to the north star. The north star is actually part of a 3 star constellation that is moving, as a result, true north is falling between two stars in the constellation. True North represents what the direct actual north is, but astronomical north is referring to what we see as north by the stars. ...
Asked in Constellations

Southern constellation which has 3 letters in name?

Leo-comes in fall Leo isn't really a southern constellation, and comes in the spring. My guess is you're thinking of Ara. ...
Asked in Astronomy, Galaxies, Constellations, Big Dipper

What is the technical name for the big dipper?

The technical name for the big dipper is Ursa Major, literally, "The Great Bear." ...
Asked in Astronomy, Constellations

What is the relationship between stars in a constellation?

Most often? Little to none. Some stars in a constellation may be gravitationally related to each other, but usually, the "pattern" we see as a constellation is a visual accident. It's kind of like photographing a standing person in the foreground, and they are standing next to a tree that seems to be the same height as they are. But in reality, the tree is much taller - it is just farther back from the camera, well behind the person. Most...
Asked in Constellations, Little Dipper, Orion

Is Orions belt part of the big dipper?

No, Orion's belt is part of Orion, the Hunter
Asked in Constellations

What direction do you look to see the cetus constellation?

u look around auttum this is when its usaully out. U should usaully look North ...