Although the term constellation is more often used to define a star pattern seen in the night sky, the technical definition of this term refers to ‘an area in outer space’.
But this technical term is generally only used in a modern astronomical environment.
In everyday use, constellation still refers to the term to describe interesting patterns created by various celestial bodies, especially stars.
List of Constellations
According to modern astronomy, there are currently 88 constellations that have been recognized by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) in 1992.
Here is a list of 88 constellations:
13. Canes Venatici
14. Canis Mayor
15. Canis Minor
25. Coma Berenices
26. Corona Australis
27. Corona Borealis
47. Leo Minor
67. Piscis Austrinus
81. Triangulum Australe
83. Ursa Major
84. Ursa Minor
Not all popular constellations. Maybe many of us just heard for the first time.
The most popular constellations include 13 zodiac constellations (which are zodiac symbols), and several other constellations such as Ursa Major, Ursa Minor, Andromeda, etc.
About half of the 88 constellations above have been identified and recorded by ancient Greeks.
During this period, several constellations got their own place in Greek culture and other cultures, which contributed to its popularity.
Here are some of the most popular constellations:
1. Ursa Major – Big Bear
This constellation can be seen in the northern sky throughout the year.
Ursa Major is one of 48 constellations identified by Greek Greek astronomer Ptolemy.
This constellation consists of a composition of stars that forms a box to describe the bear’s body and several other stars that make up its tail.
2. Ursa Minor – Little Bear
This constellation was also identified by Ptolemy.
Ursa Minor is in the northern sky. Polaris, aka Polar, is the brightest star in this constellation.
3. Orion – Hunter
Orion is one of the oldest constellations known to mankind.
The fact that this constellation is seen in all parts of the world makes it one of the most popular constellations.
Orion looks especially brightest between December and April.
4. Scorpius – Scorpion
Rasi Scorpius is located in the southern hemisphere, close to the center of the Milky Way galaxy.
People in the northern hemisphere can find this constellation in the south in the summer.
Antares is a giant star member of the constellation Scorpius, making this constellation relatively easy to find.
5. Leo – Lion
Leo is one of the most popular and easily found constellations.
In the northern hemisphere, this constellation is clearly seen in spring, while in the southern hemisphere it can be seen in the fall.
To find Leo, you have to look for an arrangement of stars in the form of an inverted question mark that is a lion’s tail.