The constellation Pisces is made up of 21 main stars, according to Universe Today. The constellation is the 14th largest constellation, and contains as many as 86 minor stars and other deep-sky objects within its confines.
A:An observer at the equator will see all of the constellations during the course of one year. The polar constellations Polaris and the Southern Cross appear near the horizon, while the rest pass overhead based on the season.
A:The word "Leo" means lion in Latin. The constellation originally represented the ferocious Nemean lion that Hercules strangled to death as one of his 12 labors. According to legend, Zeus was impressed enough to make both of them constellations. Leo is not just a constellation, but one of the 12 constellations that make up the Zodiac. Unlike many constellations, Leo does look something like the creature it depicts.
A:The North Star is another name for the star Polaris. It is called the North Star because its location in the Northern Hemisphere remains constant throughout the year as other stars seem to move around it.
A:The constellation Pegasus contains at least 16 stars of magnitude 4 or brighter. Three of the four stars in the Great Square belong to Pegasus. Alpheratz, the star at the northeast corner of the square, was designated as the alpha star of the constellation Andromeda.
A:The constellation Pisces is made up of 21 main stars, according to Universe Today. The constellation is the 14th largest constellation, and contains as many as 86 minor stars and other deep-sky objects within its confines.
A:A pattern in the stars is called a constellation. According to the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network, the sky is divided into 88 official constellation groups. The constellation groups are referred to as asterisms.
A:A red giant star ranges from 62 million to 621 million miles in diameter, or 100 to 1,000 times the size of the sun. However, red giants have cooler temperatures than the sun because the energy travels over a larger surface area.
A:According to Sky-Watch, two of the most famous constellations are Ursa Major, the big bear, and Orion, the hunter. Ursa Major stands out because it contains the well-known Big Dipper. Orion is popular because it is near the equator and can be seen from any place on the planet.
A:The brightest star visible from Earth is the sun. Though it is not exceptionally bright by the standards of other stars, its relative proximity to Earth makes it, by far, the brightest object in the sky, with an apparent magnitude of -26.74.
A:A star constellations chart is useful for determining the viewer's position on Earth by comparing the locations of visible stars. Constellation charts are also useful for astronomers in plotting the locations of the stars and the Earth.
A:Scorpius is the 33rd-largest constellation and lies between Libra and Sagittarius near the center of the Milky Way galaxy. The scorpion-shaped constellation covers 497 square degrees in the third quadrant of the Southern Hemisphere. For viewers in the Northern Hemisphere, Scorpius appears to sit near the southern horizon, while it sits high in the sky for viewers from the Southern Hemisphere.
A:Stargazers can view astronomy star charts on sites such as SkyandTelescope.com, download printable star charts at sites such as PBS.org and install star chart software from Stellarium.org. Star charts are also available for purchase at sites such as SkyMaps.com.
A:A star is born through the combination of interstellar particles from clouds of dust and gas. The birth of a star requires a disturbance, such as the movement of a comet through the particles, to start the formation.
A:The constellation Cygnus is best visible at 9 p.m. during the month of September in the northern hemisphere. It is known as the Northern Cross, as opposed to the Southern Cross. Cygnus is the Greek word for "swan."
A:The constellation Orion comprises seven major stars, which include three for the belt, two for the feet and two for the shoulders. These stars have their own designated names and astronomers have determined their brightness and distance from Earth.
A:The Lacerta constellation was invented by Johannes Hevelius during the 17th century. It is known for the five stars that make a "W" shape. The Milky Way flows through part of this constellation, and the Lacerta, or lizard, is a faint constellation located between Cygnus and Andromeda.
A:Draco is derived from a Greek word meaning dragon; early astronomers observed that its shape resembled a dragon. This constellation is the eighth largest in the sky. Draco contains mostly dim stars arranged in a serpentine pattern running between the constellations Ursa Major and Ursa Minor.
A:Regulus is found in the constellation Leo, where it also called Alpha Leonis. It is the brightest star in the constellation. It is actually a four-star multiple star system with the pair Regulus B and Regulus C and another pair of Regulus A and an unnamed white dwarf.