Star Constellation Facts: Phoenix
Star Constellations

Star Constellation Facts: Phoenix

December 11, 2016 Peter Christoforou 0

The constellation Phoenix was created by Flemish astronomer Petrus Plancius in the 16th century, based upon the observations of Dutch explorers Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman who mapped the southern sky that century. […]

Star Constellation Facts: Sagitta
Star Constellations

Star Constellation Facts: Sagitta

December 8, 2016 Peter Christoforou 0

Sagitta (“arrow”) is one of the original 48 constellations mentioned by Greek astronomer Ptolemy in his 2nd century treatise known as the Almagest. It is the night sky’s third smallest constellation, taking up an area […]

Star Constellation Facts: Vulpecula
Star Constellations

Star Constellation Facts: Vulpecula

December 1, 2016 Peter Christoforou 0

Unlike other constellations, Vulpecula was not named from a character or creature from mythology that some early astronomer thought the grouping of stars resembled. When Johannes Hevelius named the constellation in 1687, he chose the […]

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