Category: Astronomy

The Lepus Constellation

The Lepus Constellation

Lepus is a constellation lying just south of the celestial equator. Its name is Latin for hare. It is located below—immediately south—of Orion (the hunter), and is represented as a hare being chased by Orion’s hunting dogs. Lepus was one of the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd-century astronomer Ptolemy, and it remains one of the 88 modern constellations. Lepus

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The Leo Minor Constellation

The Leo Minor Constellation

Leo Minor is a small and faint constellation in the northern celestial hemisphere. Its name is Latin for “the smaller lion,” in contrast to Leo, the larger lion. It lies between the larger and more recognisable Ursa Major to the north and Leo to the south. Leo Minor was not regarded as a separate constellation by classical astronomers;

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The Leo Constellation

The Leo Constellation

Leo is one of the constellations of the zodiac, lying between Cancer the crab to the west and Virgo the maiden to the east. Its name is Latin for lion, and to the ancient Greeks represented the Nemean Lion killed by the mythical Greek hero Heracles (known to the ancient Romans as Hercules) as one of his twelve labours. One of the 48 constellations described by the 2nd-century astronomer Ptolemy, Leo

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The Lacerta Constellation

The Lacerta Constellation

Lacerta is one of the 88 modern constellations defined by the International Astronomical Union. Its name is Latin for the lizard. A small, faint constellation, it was defined in 1687 by the astronomer Johannes Hevelius. Its brightest stars form a “W” shape similar to that of Cassiopeia, and it is thus sometimes referred to as ‘Little Cassiopeia.’ Lacerta is

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The Indus Constellation

The Indus Constellation

Indus is a constellation in the southern sky created in the late sixteenth century. The constellation was created by Petrus Plancius from the observations of Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman. The first depiction of this constellation in a celestial atlas was in Johann Bayer’s Uranometria of 1603. Plancius portrayed the figure as a nude male with arrows in both

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The Hydrus Constellation

The Hydrus Constellation

Hydrus is a small constellation in the deep southern sky. It was one of twelve constellations created by Petrus Plancius from the observations of Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman, and it first appeared on a 35-cm (14 in) diameter celestial globe published in late 1597 (or early 1598) in Amsterdam by Plancius and Jodocus Hondius. The

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The Hydra Constellation

The Hydra Constellation

Hydra is the largest of the 88 modern constellations, measuring 1303 square degrees. Also one of the longest at over 100 degrees, its southern end abuts Libra and Centaurus, and its northern end borders Cancer. It has a long history, having been included among the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd-century astronomer Ptolemy. It is commonly represented

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The Horologium Constellation

The Horologium Constellation

Horologium is a faint constellation in the southern sky. It was devised by French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille in 1752, and it remains one of the 88 modern constellations. He first described the constellation in French as l’Horloge à pendule & à secondes (clock with pendulum and seconds hand) in 1752, after he had observed and catalogued almost 10,000 southern

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The Hercules Constellation

The Hercules Constellation

Hercules is a constellation named after Hercules, the Roman mythological hero adapted from the Greek hero Heracles. Hercules was one of the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd-century astronomer Ptolemy, and it remains one of the 88 modern constellations today. It is the fifth largest of the modern constellations. It is bordered by Draco to the north; Boötes, Corona Borealis, and Serpens Caput to the east; Ophiuchus to the south; Aquila to

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