Constellations By: Sophia Luetticke

What is a constellation...

A constellation is a group of stars forming a recognizable pattern that is traditionally named after its apparent form or identified with a mythological figure.

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What are constellations used for?

The first use for Constellations was probably religious. People thought that the Gods lived in the heavens and that they created them. Many cultures believed that the positions of the stars were their God's way of telling stories. So it seemed natural to recognize patterns in the sky, give them names, and tell stories about them. We inherited the names for our constellations from the Greeks. And they named the constellations after their mythological heroes and legends, and every constellation has a story

http://curious.astro.cornell.edu/about-us/117-the-universe/stars-and-star-clusters/constellations/375-what-are-constellations-used-for-intermediate

Orion is a prominent constellation located on the celestial equator and visible throughout the world. Its one of the most conspicuous and recognizable constellations in the night sky. It was named after Orion, a hunter in Greek mythology. This is Orion story: He was the son of the god Poseidon and Euryale. Thanks to his father, Orion had the ability to walk on water, which is how he reached the island of Chios. King Oenopion had him blinded and removed from the island, because of his actions toward his daughter. Orion reached the island of Lemnos, which was the place where god Hephaestus had his forge. Helped by Hephaestus and his servant Cedalion, Orion reached the East where the sun god Helios restored his eyesight. He then went to Crete and hunted with the huntress goddess Artemis and her mother Leto; he was so enthusiastic that he declared he would kill every animal in the world. Gaea, the goddess of the Earth, got angry and sent a giant scorpion which successfully killed Orion. Upon hearing the news, Artemis and Leto asked from Zeus to put their fellow hunter on the skies; Zeus agreed and turned Orion into a constellation, as well as the Scorpion that killed him.

https://www.greekmythology.com/Myths/Mortals/Orion/orion.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orion_(constellation)

Pegasus is a constellation in the northern sky, named after the winged horse Pegasus in Greek mythology. It was one of the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd-century astronomer Ptolemy, and is one of the 88 constellations recognised today. With an apparent magnitude varying between 2.37 and 2.45, the brightest star in Pegasus is the orange super giant Epsilon Pegasi, also known as Enif, which marks the horse's muzzle.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pegasus_(constellation)

Hercules is a constellation named after Hercules, the Greek mythological hero adapted from the Greek hero Heracles. Hercules was one of the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd century astronomer Ptolemy, and it remains one of the 88 modern constellations today. It is the fifth largest of the modern constellations.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hercules_(constellation)

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