Space Project

by Derek Wu

General Introduction

What is a constellation?

A constellation is a gathering of stars that shape an object when seen from Earth. The object they frame may take the state of a creature, an animal, a man, a lady, or a lifeless thing, for example, a magnifying lens, a compass, or a crown.

Properties of stars

The six basic properties of stars are:

  1. True brightness (luminosity)
  2. Apparent brightness
  3. Distance from another stellar object
  4. Radius (size)
  5. Chemical composition
  6. Temperature

Major Constellations

Some very well-known constellations include:
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The Southern Cross (Crux)

Australia's national constellation added to its own flag.

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The best-known constellation based on a Greek myth with Alpha Centauri as the centrepiece.

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The famous constellation that is easy to spot due to its brightness.


Zodiac Constellations

Click here to learn more about the Twelve Chinese Zodiac Constellations!
Watch this video to learn more about constellations in general!