How did the constellations get their names?

How do you draw a star constellation?

  • With your flashlight, pen and paper start drawing the stars in your constellation. Take note of the brighter stars and dimmer stars and label them accordingly. Use larger dots for bigger stars and smaller dots for dimmer stars. You might also want to draw lines between star endpoints to give your constellation its final shape.

Are constellations real or just patterns?

  • However, keep in mind that constellations are not real objects; they are just patterns as seen from our observation point on Earth. The patterns we see are for the most part just by chance. The individual stars in a constellation may appear to be very close to each other, but in fact they can be separated by huge distances in space...

Why do we use constellations?

  • Constellations can be a useful way to help identify positions of stars in the sky. Constellations have imaginary boundaries formed by "connecting the dots" and all the stars within those boundaries are labeled with the name of that constellation.

image-How did the constellations get their names?
image-How did the constellations get their names?
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