Paper On Constellations

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A constellation is a constellation is a group of stars that make an imaginary shape in the night sky, usually named after mythological characters, people, animals and objects (Ask An Astronomer). The word “constellation” comes from a latin term meaning “set with stars”. Constellations lead to a vast array of legends based off of imagination that vary in different countries and cultures, but the one thing that they have in common is that they are made of the same array of bright stars that connect to make incredible fictional figures. Constellations are physically there, but also take a lot of imagination to be able to piece the stars together and also the myths that come with them as well. Most references to constellations and the legends behind them come from the ancient Greeks and Romans but they aren’t known as the first to have seen constellations. History says that the Babylonians and Sumerians were the very first (Mr. Science). These cultures aren’t the only ones that are responsible with the origin of these myths as many other cultures have taken their own perspective on constellations and given them their own takes to create myths. Constellations started as reference points for navigation and keeping track of the time of year. A book…show more content…
The article "Modern Constellations" says that "The classical constellations of ancient Greece include almost all of the brighter stars in the sky as seen from the Mediterranean region". Since the Greeks were in a way the founders of constellations, they took over all the brightest stars and claimed the constellations that they formed as their own. This is as observed by the Mediterranean region since that is where they resided but the location and appearance of the stars may be different depending on where they are being observed from. That being said, not all constellations are visible from all points on Earth, this can be affected by the season of the year as
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