A constellation is a group of stars where humans have made dot-to-dot pictures with them to form pictures of animals and objects.
The purpose of constellations are to help tell us which stars are which. Constellations are recognizable patterns throughout the night sky. There is a total of 88 constellations that humans know of.
Sometimes we cannot always see the constellations because the Earth is spinning and orbiting the sun, the sun orbiting the milky way galaxy. It is an illusion that the stars drift across the sky, when it is Earth that is spinning. There are other stars orbiting the milky way too. The stars move fast but Earth spins faster. Because of this action, we cannot always see the constellations.
Greeks recognized and named 88 constellations. These were also recognized by Arabs, Egyptians and Babylonian.
Orion is one of 88 constellations. It is visible form February to November and is one of the most recognizable constellations. Orion has 18 stars. This constellation is best seen early evening in January.
Scorpius is one of the Zodiac signs. It is also known as the Scorpio constellation. Scorpius is Latin for Scorpion. It was one of the earliest discovered constellation.
- There are 12 Zodiac Constellations that are Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces. There is also 76 other constellations.
- Names of Constellations are Latin
- People use their understanding of constellations as navigation.
Below is my diagram/collage made out of newspaper clippings, magazines, catalouges paint-texta and wool. It is of the constellation Orion. Click on the picture to enlarge it.
Can you explain in your own words what a constellation is to an alien who knows nothing?
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Special thanks to my class, Mr Heenan and Olivia (My sister) for helping me out when I need it most.