A cluster or group of fixed stars, or division of the heavens, designated in most cases by the name of some animal, or of some mythologial personage, within whose imaginary outline, as traced upon the heavens, the group is included.
One of 88 sectors into which astronomers divide the celestial sphere; many constellations are named after a prominent group of stars within them that represents a person, animal, or legendary creature from ancient mythology.
An apparent pattern, or grouping, of stars in a region of the sky that man has given a name. Modern astronomers maintain these ancient names and boundaries as a convenient way of mapping the regions of the sky.
a grouping of stars, usually with pictorial or mythical associations, that serves to identify an area of the celestial sphere. Also one of the precisely defined areas of the celestial sphere, associated with a grouping of stars, that the International Astronomical Union has designated as a constellation.
a distinctive pattern of stars used informally to organize a part of the sky. There are 88 official constellations, which technically define sections of the sky rather than collections of specific stars.
a collection of stars that form the shape of another object. There are 88 named constellations. The stars that make up a constellation are not necessarily close to each other in space, rather they simply appear in the same area of the sky when viewed from Earth
Groups of stars that have been seen together in people's imaginations to the point that, throughout time, they have been given names, and mythologies have grown up around them. There are generally considered to be 12, even though a few others intrude on the path. Can be seen at night in an arc across the southern sky.
One of 88 sections into which the sky is officially divided. Common examples include the historical and mythological figures that populated the heavens of ancient societies. Ursa Major (the Great Bear) is a constellation.
A grouping or pattern of stars in the celestial sphere, usually representing a mythical person, animal or other object. Astronomers define constellations as areas, so that all celestial objects are located in one constellation.
One of the 88 portions of the sky that are officially recognized by the International Astronomical Union. A constellation is an arbitrary area of the sky and includes everything within that area's boundaries, regardless of their distance from Earth. See also asterism.
Random patterns of stars in the night sky produced by the chance alignment of stars of different luminosities and distances. There are 88 constellations - 48 were listed by the ancient Greeks, and another 40 were added after 1590.
A grouping of stars in the night sky into a recognizable pattern. Most of the constellations get their name from the Latin translation of one of the ancient Greek star patterns that lies within it. In more recent times, a number of additional groups were introduced by more modern astronomers, and there are now 88 standard configurations recognized. [More Info: Photo Album
An arbitrary grouping of stars which form a pattern. The sky is divided into 88 constellations. These vary in size and shape from Hydra, the sea monster, which is the largest at 1,303 square degrees, to Crux, the cross, which is the smallest at 68 square degrees.
A specific area of the sky, generally characterized by imaginary figures or patterns formed by the brightest stars therein. Since 1930 the sky has been divided into 88 formal constellations by the International Astronomical Union. Although each can be envisioned as an area on the celestial sphere, a constellation is actually a three-dimensional volume of space that in addition to its stars, contains (temporary) foreground objects like the Sun, Moon, and planets, to distant background objects like galaxies and quasars. There is a great deal of cultural myth, legend, and lore about the constellations.
A designated region of the sky containing a pattern of stars identified by name. The entire sky surrounding the earth is divided into 88 constellations named after mythological figures, animals, and objects. Each constellation occupies a region of the sky containing that star pattern. Each season different constellations are visible in the sky from any given location.
A meaningful pattern of stars visible with the unaided eye, literally meaning "group of stars" in Latin. Americans know Northern Hemisphere constellations by the names given them by ancient Babylonians and Greeks. Seafaring explorers named those in the Southern Hemisphere. Every culture gave constellations names, not just Greeks and Babylonians.
A constellation is any one of the 88 areas into which the sky - or the celestial sphere - is divided. The term is also traditionally and less formally used to denote a group of stars visibly related to each other in a particular configuration or pattern.
a set of satellites (often identical or very similar) orbiting the earth to perform functions such as communications, global positioning, or early warning. The SBIRS-High system could consist of a constellation of five satellites, while the SBIRS-Low system could consist of 27 to 30. A space-based laser system might include 12, 20, 24, or even more satellites.
Constellation is an EP by the Norwegian black metal band Arcturus. It was limited to only 500 copies. Tracks from this album were later re-recorded on Aspera Hiems Symfonia and re-released on Aspera Hiems Symfonia/Constellation/My Angel compilation.