CONSTELLATIONS

You've probably heard about what a constellation is but how much do you actually know about them?

WHAT ARE CONSTELLATIONS?

A constellation is a small grouping of stars that form shapes, usually established my folktales of different cultures, then confirmed by space organisations, such as NASA.
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The Universe: The Constellations | History

COMMON CONSTELLATIONS AND THEIR STORIES

Orion

Orion was the son of Poseidon, the sea god, and Euryale, the sister of Medusa. When Orion grew older he fell in love with a princess of a small island. The king of the island did not like Orion and wanted him gone. The king sent Dionysus, a god, to kill Orion. Dionysus sent a tiny scorpion to kill Orion. He succeeded and Orion died. Sad for his son's death Poseidon made Orion into a constellation. Orion can be seen any time of the year in the southern part of the sky.

ANDROMEDA

Andromeda was the princess of the island of Ethiopia. She lived a normal life until she accidently crossed her father. As a punishment, her father chained her to a rock in the middle of the sea to be eaten, (you think your parents are harsh!). Perseus, a son of Poseidon, was flying by when he saw, and fell in love with, Andromeda. He was about to set her free when a sea monster rose above the water and ate her. She became a constellation when Perseus's father made her into one for him.

Map of Constellations

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WHY DO PEOPLE CARE ABOUT CONSTELLATIONS?

People care about constellations because they tell the story of cultures and religions. It also helps map the night sky. This is a good thing because sailors look for constellations to know what direction they are going and which direction the need to go.

FUNNY CONSTELLATIONS

Works Cited

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Bell, Cathy. "Orion." The Mythology of the Constellations:. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Dec. 2015.

Constellations. 2014. N.p.

History Channel. "The Universe: The Constellations | History." YouTube. YouTube, 29 Sept. 2009. Web. 10 Dec. 2015.

Project Orion. 2015. Pages.cs.wisc.edu, n.p.

Zodiac Constellations. N.d. N.p.