Monday, June 1, 2009


Groups of star form patterns in the night sky, which are called constellations. There are 88 well known constellations. The Sumerians, a Middle Eastern civilization, probably named them about 5,000 years ago. They called them after the shapes, objects or animals that they thought they looked like, or after mythological characters.
The largest is Hydra, the sea serpent, and the smallest is Crux Australis, the Southern Cross. Centaurus, the Centaur, has the most stars that can be seen with naked eye (a total of 94). Others include Aquila, the Eagle; Draco, the Dragon; Canis Major, the great Dog; and Orion, the Hunter.

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