Star Constellations & Brightest Stars
Star Constellations

Star Constellations & Brightest Stars

March 20, 2016 Peter Christoforou 0

The night sky’s twenty-two brightest 1st magnitude stars are shown above, while the following table provides information on the 88 recognized constellations, together with details on their location, size, and brightest star.

Star Constellation Facts: Lyra
Star Constellations

Star Constellation Facts: Lyra

March 8, 2016 Peter Christoforou 0

Lyra (“the Lyre”) is one of the smaller constellations, taking up an area of just 286 sq/deg of the northern sky between latitudes +90 and -40 degrees. It does, however, contains the 5th brightest star […]

Star Constellation Facts: Cygnus
Star Constellations

Star Constellation Facts: Cygnus

March 8, 2016 Peter Christoforou 0

Cygnus is a familiar northern constellation with its brightest star, Deneb, marking the tail of the swan it depicts. This beautiful blue supergiant also forms part of the Summer Triangle, together with Aquila in Altair, […]

Star Constellation Facts: Cetus
Star Constellations

Star Constellation Facts: Cetus

March 3, 2016 Peter Christoforou 0

Cetus, the “Sea Monster”, is the fourth biggest constellation taking up 3% of the night sky, and is best observed in winter by observers located between latitudes of +70° and -90°. The constellation contains only […]

Star Constellation Facts: Centaurus
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Star Constellation Facts: Centaurus

February 25, 2016 Peter Christoforou 0

Centaurus is the ninth largest constellation, and takes up an area of 1,060 square degrees of the southern hemisphere night sky, where it can be seen by any observer located between +25° and -90°of latitude. […]

Star Constellation Facts: Boötes
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Star Constellation Facts: Boötes

February 23, 2016 Peter Christoforou 0

Boötes, representing a “herdsman” or “ploughman”, is a distinctly kite-shaped constellation that can be seen in the night sky by observers located between +90° and -50° of latitude. It  is the 13th biggest constellation in […]

Star Constellation Facts: Cepheus
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Star Constellation Facts: Cepheus

February 19, 2016 Peter Christoforou 0

The constellation Cepheus is named after a mythical king from Greek mythology, who was the husband of Cassiopeia, and the father of Andromeda, both of whom are represented by neighbouring constellations. It is the 27th […]

Star Constellation Facts: Monoceros
Star Constellations

Star Constellation Facts: Monoceros

February 7, 2016 Peter Christoforou 0

Monoceros (“The Unicorn”) is a faint northern sky constellation that lies on the celestial equator, and can be seen by observers located between +75° and -90° of latitude. It is the 35th largest constellation, but […]

Constellation of Lepus
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Star Constellation Facts: Lepus

February 6, 2016 Peter Christoforou 0

The name “Lepus” derives from the Latin word for “hare”, and although there are no myths associated with this constellation, it is often depicted on old charts as a hare being chased by the dogs […]

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