constellations: in the night sky
Constellations have a great history and are important!
Can Constellations break apart of change?
Some of the main constellations!
The Ursa major
this family is in the northern hemisphere and is one of the original families. A family constellation means there are multiple constellation in this big constellation.
The 6th sign of the zodiac constellations and is the second largest constellation in the sky.
The Canis major
It is in the southern hemisphere and was made in the 2nd century.
The Ursa major
Constellations Are very important!
- In the past constellations were very useful for navigating at night or keeping track of the seasons.
- Constellations represent stories from different cultures and are a sky map.
- Astronomers refer to the zodiac constellations To describe the location of other planets.
- Back in the day constellations were used as a storytelling device.
- Constellations were also navigational markers/guides for early sea farmers
- Constellations were also used for agriculture. The constellations were helpful to tell the people when it was times to sow or harvest. To recognize the patterns in the sky.
- Finally, Constellations help astronomers name stars.
What is a zodiac constellation?
The constellations of the zodiac are the constellations that the sun seems to pass through each year when the year is over (when the Earth fully orbits the sun once).
There are 13 official zodiac constellations.
The names of these constellations are Capricornus, Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpius, Sagittarius, and Ophiuchus.
The zodiac is the belt that the planets seem to appear to move across the sky.
Procession is when a planet spins like a top. This leads to constellations changing position.
Each month one of these constellations appears in the night sky.
This constellation keeps on moving across the sky from night to night until it disappears.