Constellations are groupings of stars and galaxies
that we see from Earth. Constellations are apparent
associations of celestial objects that can be many light years away
from Earth. Many of
these objects themselves are very far from each other.
In many cultures the stories of the star arrangements
vary. Myths developed as people tried to determine what these points
of light represent. As communication between cultures increases, some
of the myths are retold. some stories can be used to race its origin by the
Many are familiar with constellation of the zodiac. The zodiac is an imaginary belt in the heavens,
usually between 18 degrees of the celestial equator, that encompasses the
apparent paths of the principal planets of the Solar System, except for
Pluto. Within this belt there are 12 constellations that are referred to as
the Constellations of the Zodiac. They are used when we talk about the
astrological sign we were born under. For example, if you are born at the end
of January to mid February, your sign is Aquarius, the water bearer.
But there are many more constellations than just the zodiac
Today astronomers use 88 constellations to divide the heavens into units which help us
locate other objects. It also tells something of the ancient peoples who
looked up into the night time sky. The
stories behind the constellations were created by "story tellers"
within tribes of people.
LIST OF THE 88 CONSTELLATIONS