THE CONSTELLATIONS

Detailed stellar maps of all constellations of the sky, northern and southern

Andromeda Antlia Apus Aquarius Aquila Ara Aries Auriga Bootes Caelum
Camelopardus Cancer Canes venatici Canis major Canis minor Capricornus Carina Cassiopeia Centaurus Cepheus
Cetus Chamaeleon Circinus Columba Coma Berenices Corona australe Corona borealis Corvus Crater Crux
Cygnus Delphinus Dorado Draco Equuleus Eridanus Fornax Gemini Grus Hercules
Horologium Hydra Hydrus Indus Lacerta Leo Leo minor Lepus Libra Lupus
Lynx Lyra Mensa Microscopium Monoceros Musca Norma Octans Ophiuhus Orion
Pavo Pegasus Perseus Phoenix Pictor Pisces Piscis austrinis Puppis Pyxis Reticulum
Sagitta Sagittarius Scorpius Sculptor Scutum Serpens (testa) Serpens (coda) Sextans Taurus Telescopium
Triangulum Triangulum australe Tucana Ursa major Ursa minor Vela Virgo Volans Vulpecula



Description of the constellations

Mythology of the constellations


The International (UAI) Astronomic union divides the sky in 88 official constellations with precise confinements, of way that every direction exactly belongs to a constellation. These are mainly based on the constellations of the tradition of ancient Greece, handed down through the Middle Ages.

The 88 constellations are divided, according to a historical criterion and of importance, in three groups:

  • the 12 constellations of the Zodiac, that are along the eclittica, and that they are crossed therefore from the Sun in its apparent motion on the celestial time during the year;
  • the other 36 constellations listed by Tolomeo in his Almagesto, become today 38 with the subdivision of one of them (the Ship Argo) in three separate constellations;
  • the remaining 38 constellations, define in modern (beginning from 1600 around) epoch in the empty spaces among the constellations of Tolomeo and in the southern hemisphere. These new constellations are generally composed by stars a little bright (those bright were, obviously, included in the constellations of the Zodiac and Tolomeo), and they can be difficult to be observed from the cities

Besides they also are divided according to their position in the sky:

  • 18 northern constellations;
  • 34 equatorial constellations;
  • 36 southern constellations.

CONSTELLATIONS: HISTORICAL GROUPS

CONSTELLATIONS OF THE ZODIAC

  • Aquarius
  • Aries
  • Cancer
  • Capricornus
  • Gemini
  • Leo
  • Libra
  • Pisces
  • Sagittarium
  • Scorpius
  • Taurus
  • Virgo

OTHER CONSTELLATIONS OF TOLOMEO

  • Andromeda
  • Aquila
  • Ara
  • Auriga
  • Bo÷tes
  • Canis Maior
  • Canis Minor
  • Carina *
  • Cassiopeia
  • Centaurus
  • Cepheus
  • Cetus
  • Corona Australis
  • Corona Borealis
  • Corvus
  • Crater
  • Cygnus
  • Delphinus
  • Draco
  • Equuleus
  • Eridanus
  • Hercules
  • Hydra
  • Lepus
  • Lupus
  • Lyra
  • Ophiuchus
  • Orion
  • Pegasus
  • Perseus
  • Piscis Austrinus
  • Puppis *
  • Sagitta
  • Serpens
  • Triangulum
  • Ursa Maior
  • Ursa Minor
  • Vela *

* Tolomeo gathered Carina, Puppis and Vela in an only constellation called Ship Argo

MODERN CONSTELLATIONS

  • Antlia
  • Apus
  • Caelum
  • Camelopardalis
  • Canes Venatici
  • Chamaeleon
  • Circinus
  • Columba
  • Coma Berenices
  • Crux
  • Dorado
  • Fornax
  • Grus
  • Horologium
  • Hydrus
  • Indus
  • Lacerta
  • Leo Minor
  • Lynx
  • Mensa
  • Microscopium
  • Monoceros
  • Musca
  • Norma
  • Octans
  • Pavo
  • Phoenix
  • Pictor
  • Pyxis
  • RReticulum
  • Sculptor
  • Scutum
  • Sextans
  • Telescopium
  • Triangulum Australe
  • Tucana
  • Volans
  • Vulpecula

CONSTELLATIONS: POSITION IN SKY

NORTHERN CONSTELLATIONS

  • Andromeda
  • Auriga
  • Camelopardalis
  • Canes Venatici
  • Cassiopeia
  • Cepheus
  • Corona Borealis
  • Cygnus
  • Draco
  • Hercules
  • Lacerta
  • Leo Minor
  • Lynx
  • Lyra
  • Perseus
  • Triangulum
  • Ursa Maior
  • Ursa Minor

EQUATORIAL CONSTELLATIONS

  • Aquarius
  • Aquila
  • Aries
  • Bo÷tes
  • Cancer
  • Canis Maior
  • Canis Minor
  • Capricornus
  • Cetus
  • Coma Berenices
  • Corvus
  • Crater
  • Delphinus
  • Equuleus
  • Eridanus
  • Gemini
  • Hydra
  • Leo
  • Lepus
  • Libra
  • Monoceros
  • Ophiuchus
  • Orion
  • Pegasus
  • Pisces
  • Sagitta
  • Sagittarium
  • Scorpius
  • Scutum
  • Serpens
  • Sextans
  • Taurus
  • Virgo
  • Vulpecula

SOUTHERN CONSTELLATIONS

  • Antlia
  • Apus
  • Ara
  • Caelum
  • Carina
  • Centaurus
  • Chamaeleon
  • Circinus
  • Columba
  • Corona Australis
  • Crux
  • Dorado
  • Fornax
  • Grus
  • Horologium
  • Hydrus
  • Indus
  • Lupus
  • Mensa
  • Microscopium
  • Musca
  • Norma
  • Octans
  • Pavo
  • Phoenix
  • Pictor
  • Piscis Austrinus
  • Puppis
  • Pyxis
  • Reticulum
  • Sculptor
  • Telescopium
  • Triangulum Australe
  • Tucana
  • Vela
  • Volans