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A constellation is both a figure made of stars and a region in space. A constellation is commonly drawn with lines between the stars, while longer back ago sometimes as a picture. Constellations can be drawn with lines in different ways and has therefor no firm rule how to look like. As a good system of navigation, the whole space in Milky Way is divided in regions where each is bordered by another one.

There are 88 constellations recognized by the International Astronomical Union. Because there are still several other constellations from other cultures and historical, the idea of these recognized 88 constellations by the International Astronomical Union is to use and see a common system for the whole of humanity.

Etymology

The word "constellation" comes originally from the Classical Latin constellatio ([kɔnstɛˈlaːtɪɔ]). Classical Latin is divided into parts where constellatio came in the time of Late Classical Latin, while the original one used in the Golden Age of Classical Latin is sidus ([ˈsiːdʊs]).

Index of the 88 constellations

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

I

L

M

N

O

P

R

S

T

U

V

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