Constellations Photo Gallery

The original constellations are star patterns in the night sky that ancient cultures identified with their mythologies. Many of those in the Northern Hemisphere are based on the constellations created by the Babylonians and the Greeks. They include the 12 constellations of the Zodiac (Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpius, Sagittarius, Capricornus, Aquarius, and Pisces) that lie along the Sun's annual path across the sky.

As modern astronomy developed, many of the old star patterns were adopted to identify regions of the sky on the celestial sphere. From the southern hemisphere there were large uncharted areas of the southern sky that 17th and 18th century astronomers filled with new constellations. In 1922, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) adopted the modern list of 88 constellations that we recognize and use today. According to the modern constellation borders, the ecliptic also passes through the constellation Ophiuchus making it the thirteenth Zodiacal constellation.

The photo gallery below is a project to image some of the most prominent of the constellations. More constellation photos will be added in the coming months.

Click on each thumbnail to see a larger image.





Zodiacal Constellations

Ari-02
Aries
The Ram

Tau-01
Taurus
The Bull

Gem-01
Gemini
The Twins

Cnc-01
Cancer
The Crab

Leo-01
Leo
The Lion

Vir-02
Virgo
The Virgin

Lib-01
Libra
The Scales

Sco-01
Scorpius
The Scorpion

Sgr-01
Sagittarius
The Archer

Oph-01
Ophiuchus
The Serpent Bearer

Cap-01
Capricornus
The Sea Goat

Aqr-01
Aquarius
The Water Bearer

Psc-01
Pisces
The Fishes





Spring Constellations

Leo-01
Leo
The Lion

Vir-01
Virgo
The Virgin

Lib-01
Libra
The Scales

Com-01
Coma Berenices
Berenice's Hair

Boo-01
Bootes
The Herdsman

Her-01
Hercules
The Strong Man



Summer Constellations

Aql-01
Aquila
The Eagle

CrB-01
Corona Borealis
The Northern Crown

Cyg-01
Cygnus
The Swan

Del-01
Delphinus
The Dolphin

Lyr-01
Lyra
The Lyre

Sgr-01
Sagittarius
The Archer

Sco-01
Scorpius
The Scorpion

Oph-01
Ophiuchus
The Serpent Bearer



Autumn Constellations

Cas-01
Cassiopeia
The Queen

And-01
Andromeda
The Chained Maiden

Per-01
Perseus
The Hero

Aqr-01
Aquarius
The Water Bearer

Psc-01
Pisces
The Fishes

Ari-02
Aries
The Ram



Winter Constellations

Tau-01
Taurus
The Bull

Aur-01
Auriga
The Charioteer

Gem-01
Gemini
The Twins

Cnc-01
Cancer
The Crab

Ori-01
Orion
The Hunter

CMa-01
Canis Major
The Great Dog

CMi-01
Canis Minor
The Lesser Dog

Lep-01
Lepus
The Hare

OriTau-01
Orion & Taurus
The Hunter & Bull

OriCMa-01
Orion & Canis Major
The Hunter & Great Dog





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