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Patterns of Stars
A constellation is a group of stars that form a pattern in the night sky. The stars in a constellation are usually visible from Earth with the unaided eye. The patterns of constellations have been used for centuries to tell stories and navigate the night sky.
Constellation: A group of stars that form a recognizable pattern in the night sky. Asterism: A group of stars forming a pattern but not officially recognized as a constellation. Circumpolar constellation: A constellation that is visible throughout the year from a specific location on Earth.
The oldest known constellation is the Babylonian MUL.APIN, which dates back to at least 1000 BC. The most stars in any one constellation is 210, which is in the constellation of Telescopium. The constellation of Hydra is the longest constellation in the night sky, stretching over 100 degrees of the sky.
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Ursa Major, also known as the Great Bear It is visible throughout the year from the Northern Hemisphere and can be observed in different seasons. Ursa Major is famous for its distinctive asterism known as the Big Dipper or the Plough.
In Greek mythology, Ursa Major is associated with the story of Callisto, a nymph who caught the attention of Zeus, the king of gods. To protect her, Zeus transformed Callisto into a bear. Eventually, Callisto's son, Arcas, nearly killed her while hunting. In response, Zeus turned Arcas into a bear as well and placed them both in the sky as Ursa Major and Ursa Minor (the Little Bear) to keep them together forever.
Orion is one of the most prominent and easily recognizable constellations in the night sky. It can be seen during winter months in the Northern Hemisphere and summer months in the Southern Hemisphere. Orion is home to some of the brightest stars in the sky, including Betelgeuse and Rigel.
Betelgeuse is a red supergiant star and one of the largest known stars in the universe. Rigel, on the other hand, is a blue supergiant star and one of the brightest stars in the night sky.
The constellation Orion represents a hunter in Greek mythology. According to the myth, Orion was a skilled hunter who was eventually killed by a scorpion. After his death, Zeus placed Orion in the sky as a constellation to honor his bravery and skills.
Hydra is the largest of the 88 modern constellations and is located in the southern celestial hemisphere.
In Greek mythology, Hydra represents the water serpent that Hercules fought as one of his Twelve Labors. The serpent had multiple heads, and as Hercules cut off one head, two more would grow in its place. It was a formidable opponent, but Hercules eventually defeated Hydra.
Crux is the smallest among the 88 recognized constellations. Crux is one of the most distinctive and recognizable constellations in the night sky, particularly in the Southern Hemisphere.
The stars of Crux hold cultural and historical significance for different civilizations. For example, the constellation is prominently featured on national flags, such as the flag of Australia and New Zealand.
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What is your favorite constellation and why?
What is a constellation?
- A comet that passes close to Earth
- A galaxy made up of millions of stars
- A planet that orbits around the sun
- A group of stars that form a pattern in the sky
Which constellation is also known as 'The Hunter'?
- Ursa Major
'The Big Dipper' is part of which constellation?
- Ursa Major
How many recognized constellations are there?
Which constellation is associated with the story of Callisto and her son?
- Hydra and Crux
- Ursa Major and Ursa Minor
- Taurus and Perseus
- Orion and Ursa Major