Star Constellation Facts: Serpens
Star Constellations

Star Constellation Facts: Serpens

June 27, 2016 James Miller 0

Serpens is a faint constellation that is unusual in the sense that it is divided into two parts, with both parts of “the Serpent” depending on each other, as well as a third constellation, Ophiuchus, […]

Star Constellation Facts: Hydrus
Star Constellations

Star Constellation Facts: Hydrus

June 25, 2016 James Miller 0

Hydrus is a modern constellation created by the Dutch astronomer Petrus Plancius, who based his view of the constellation on measurements taken by Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman, who were both prominent Dutch […]

Star Constellation Facts: Lynx
Star Constellations

Star Constellation Facts: Lynx

June 23, 2016 James Miller 0

When Polish astronomer Johannes Hevelius constructed Lynx in the 17th century, he did so using some of the “unformed” stars located near Ursa Major that were first catalogued by Ptolemy in the 2nd century. Although […]

Star Constellation Facts: Canes Venatici
Star Constellations

Star Constellation Facts: Canes Venatici

June 17, 2016 James Miller 0

While Ptolemy described the stars of modern-day Canes Venatici as “informes”, or the “unformed” [stars] of Ursa Major, the constellation proper was only introduced to the world in the late 1600’s by the Polish astronomer […]