What is a constellation?

A group of stars forming a recognizable pattern that is traditionally named after its apparent form or identified with a mythological figure. There are 88 constellations in total according to the International Astronomical Union confirmation. They began as the 48 classical Greek constellations laid down by Ptolemy. During the 16th- and mid 18th-century, some constellations were constructed in the far southern skies, thus adding the total number of constellations up to 88. 12 out of 88 constellations in the skies resembles the zodiac signs.


Types of Northern Hemisphere Constellations Types of Southern Hemisphere Constellations
Northern Circumpolar Constellations Southern Circumpolar Constellations
Northern Spring Constellations Southern Spring Constellations
Northern Summer Constellations Southern Summer Constellations
Northern Autumn Constellations Southern Autumn Constellations
Northern Winter Constellations Southern Winter Constellatiions


Constellation globe

A constellation globe


close up of Gemini in constellation globe


Cancer, located next to Gemini in constellation globe


Taurus and Orion


Perseus and Auriga

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