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Constellations – Famous Patterns

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NGC 4013 is an edge-on unbarred spiral galaxy in the constellation Ursa Major

NGC 4013 is an edge-on unbarred spiral galaxy in the constellation Ursa Major

There are millions of stars and 88 officially recognized constellations in the sky. Every astronomical pattern has a fascinating history and scientific facts associated with it. Have you ever heard about the term “constellations”. In this blog, we will talk about constellations and its types. A constellation is a cluster of stars that are related to each other in a particular configuration (geometrical representations). In a three-dimensional space, most of the stars that are visible to our naked eyes have little relation to one another, but are grouped on the imaginary plane of the night sky. The stars in a constellation or asterism rarely have any astrophysical relationship to each other; they just happen to look close together from the Earth and typically lie very far from the space.

So, what purpose does a constellation serve? It’s simply a way of remembering a certain pattern of stars. It’s a lot easier than trying to recognize every bright star in the sky as an individual. At present, bright star Capella and the Big Dipper’s bowl are the two modern constellations. The shape of the first one is similar to the camel-leopard, which in Latin means Giraffe. The other is the Lynx, which is one of the only animal constellations with identical Latin and English names.

We know that the earth never stops revolving around the Sun, but the stars stay more or less in one place. In simple words, different constellations can be seen at different times of the year. Ursa Major and Ursa Minor are two that remain visible all year round, while other constellations (at least in Europe) can only be seen for a part of the year. Orion and Ursa Major have occupied pride of place in civilizations and cultures throughout the ages. To learn more about constellations visually, visit us at http://www.stocktrekimages.com/gallery-info-constellations.asp

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