In modern astronomy, a constellation is an
internationally defined area of the celestial
These areas are grouped around
asterisms (which themselves are generally
referred to in non-technical language as
"constellations"), which are patterns formed
by prominent stars within apparent proximity
to one another on Earth's night sky.
The stars forming a group that has a
recognisable shape is called a Constellation.
Some of the few popular constellations are:
1. Ursa Major
Ursa major is one of the famous constellations which can be
seen during summer in the early part of night.
There are seven prominent stars in this constellation .
It appears like a big question or ladle.
There are three stars in the handle of the ladle and four in its
The seven brightest stars of Ursa Major form
the asterism known as the Big Dipper in the United States and
Canada, the Plough in the United Kingdom and Ireland and the
Saptarshi in India.
It is an other well known constellation that can be
seen during winter in the late evenings.
It is one of the magnificent constellations in the sky.
Also called the Hunter . The three middle stars
represent the belt of the hunter.
The distinctive pattern of Orion has been recognized
in numerous cultures around the world, and many
myths have been associated with it. It has also been
used as a symbol in the modern world.
Cassiopeia is another prominent constellation in
the northern sky. It is visible during winter in the
early part of the night.
It looks like a distorted letter W or M
Cassiopeia is a constellation in the northern sky,
named after the vain queen Cassiopeia in Greek
mythology, who boasted about her unrivalled
beauty. Cassiopeia was one of the 48 constellations
listed by the 2nd-century Greek
astronomer Ptolemy, and it remains one of the 88
modern constellations today.