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What is the name of the hunter?

Orion, the hunter, bears a Greek name, but had been seen as a hunter-hero figure since the times of ancient Babylon. Of course, many of the constellation names are more modern — Telescopium, the telescope, being a rather obvious newcomer.

How many constellations are there in the sky?

Constellation Guide. The International Astronomical Union recognizes 88 constellations covering the entire northern and southern sky. Here is a selection of the most familiar and easily seen constellations in the northern sky.

Where did the constellations get their names?

How did the constellations get their names? Most constellation names are Latin in origin, dating from the Roman empire , but their meanings often originated in the distant past of human civilization.

What planets are in the bull of Taurus?

True scientific astronomy has its roots in the attempts of ancient astrologers to predict future occurrences of, for instance, imperial Jupiter and the blood-red planet Mars meeting within the charging bull of Taurus — a potentially powerful omen for those who believed the planets represented the gods themselves.

When did the night sky become crowded?

In fact, by the 19th century the night sky had become crowded with overlapping and often contradictory constellation boundaries and names as different schools of astronomy prepared their own versions of star maps.

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