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What are the constellations?

Twelve constellations were created by Dutch explorers who sailed to Indonesia in 1595. They were named after the animals the explorers encountered on their journeys. These constellations were first depicted on a celestial globe designed by the Dutch-Flemish astronomer Petrus Plancius in 1597/1598. They include: 1 Apus (the Bird of Paradise) 2 Chamaeleon 3 Dorado (the Dolphinfish or Swordfish) 4 Grus (the Crane) 5 Tucana (the Toucan) 6 Volans (the Flying Fish) 7 Musca (the Fly)

When were constellation names invented?

The constellation names, abbreviations and boundaries were set by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) in the 1920s. The genitive forms of constellation names are used in stellar designations (e.g. Alpha Centauri, Beta Tauri, Sigma Sagittarii).

What is the name of the constellation that drives the oxen?

Boötes is one of the ancient Greek constellations. The constellation’s name means “the oxen-driver” and Boötes is usually identified as the ploughman who drove the oxen represented by Ursa Major. The constellation is also sometimes associated with Arctophylax, or the Bear Keeper, also referring to Ursa Major, the Big Bear.

What does the constellation Apus represent?

Apus represents the bird of paradise. The constellation’s name means “no feet” in Greek, referring to a western misconception of the bird of paradise not having feet. The constellation was created and named by the Dutch astronomer and cartographer Petrus Plancius in the late 16th century.

Why did Cepheus sacrifice his daughter?

King Cepheus asked an oracle for help and was told that he had to sacrifice his daughter Andromeda to appease Poseidon. The king and queen left their daughter chained to a rock, but Andromeda was saved from the monster by Perseus. Cassiopeia and Cepheus were placed into the sky by Poseidon.

Why was Andromeda sacrificed to Cetus?

Andromeda was sacrificed to Cetus to appease the gods and stop the monster from ravaging her land.

Why did Zeus put the altar in the sky?

The gods were led by Zeus and the Titans by Atlas. It is said that Zeus placed the altar in the sky in honour of the gods’ victory. In various depictions of the constellation, the Milky Way represents the smoke rising from the altar.

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