Constellations

Columba

Columba

Located in the southern constellation, Columba is a faint constellation designated in the late sixteenth century. The name Columba is Latin for dove. The constellation uses 1.31% of the southern celestial hemisphere, and is located just south of Canis Major and Lepus. The first…

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Lepus

Lepus

The constellation Lepus that is located to the south of the celestial equator. The name of the constellation is Latin for hare. It is located immediately south of the constellation Orion, which means that the constellation is sometimes represented as a…


Equuleus

Equuleus

The constellation Equuleus, which is Latin for “little horse” is shaped as a foal. The constellation is the 87th largest constellation, which makes it the 2nd smallest constellation in the sky. Equuleus spans 72 degrees…


Eridanus

Eridanus

Located in the southern celestial hemisphere, the constellation Eridanus is represented as a river. It was one of the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd century astronomer Ptolemy, and is the 6th largest modern constellations. The constellation’s name was…


Lacerta

Lacerta

With the Latin name of “Lizard”, the constellation Lacerta is a very small constellation that was created in 1687 by the astronomer Johannes Hevelius. The brightest stars of the constellation form a “W” shape similar to that…


Vulpecula

Vulpecula

The constellation Vulpecula is located in the northern sky, and is very faint. The name of the constellation is Latin for “little fox”, but the name is shortened to ‘the fox.’ There are not any ancient myths…


Piscis Austrinus

Piscis Austrinus

Located in the southern hemisphere, the constellation Piscis Austrinus is  Latin for “the southern fish.” This is different than the larger constellation of Pisces, which represents a pair of fishes. Before the 20th century, the constellation was also…


Puppis

Puppis

Located in the southern sky, the constellation Puppis was originally part of the larger constellation Argo Navis. Argo Navis was broken into 3 parts, with Puppis being the largest constellation in square degrees. It is…


Microscopium

Microscopium

Microscopium is a constellation that lies in the Southern Hemisphere. It was created in the 18th century by French astronomer Nicolas-Louis de Lacaille. The name is a Latinised form of the Greek word for microscope. The stars in the constellation are of…


Sculptor

Sculptor

Located in the southern sky, Sculptor is a small and faint constellation, which represents a sculptor. The constellation was introduced by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille in the 18th century with the original name of Apparatus Sculptoris. Apparatus Sculptoris translates to…