Constellations for kids

Constellations for Kids: Types and All Other Things You Need to Know

Constellations have been in existence for thousands of years. The ancient Greeks used the stars in various ways. They would practically use them to tell what time of year it was. In addition to that, they would form patterns from the stars above to tell tales of their different gods and heroes in their traditions.

Apart from the Greeks, other early civilizations had different interpretations of the constellations in their folklore. However, the Greek constellations were the ones that influenced and opened the way for the ones that exist today.

The concept of constellations started from the earlier constellations to the new ones we have today. There were 48 constellations originally but 40 more were added over time by astronomers who have studied space. Officially there are 88 constellations, which are mapped in the sky above us, from every pole making a sphere around our planet.

The patterns are of different kinds, shapes and sizes. The earlier ones range from all kinds of animals to gods, while the modern ones range from partial tools to all other sorts of inventions derived from astronomy.

scorpio Constellations for kids

It has been widely decided that the list of constellations stops at 88, because astronomers have completely mapped out the sky around our planet, Earth.

The astronomers use the celestial sphere to map out the sky above. This sphere is not actually a real sphere, but an imaginary one that is used to map out the existing constellations and to have knowledge of where everything is all year round.

As the Earth revolves and rotates, the constellations move around as well. In particular areas of our planet, some constellations cannot be viewed at any time of year; therefore it necessitates the need of a map. Different areas have different maps that join up together, or divide out into maps known as charts. There are 6 sky charts: Chart 1 is the North Pole Sky, Chart 2 is the South Pole Sky, Chart 3-Chart 6 is known as Equatorial Sky.

The 88 Constellations

Here, we take a look at the complete list of the constellations. The list gives the name of every constellation (in alphabetical order) and the meaning. As we saw earlier, there are 88 constellations. 42 of them are animals, 29 are objects and 17 are humans (mythological characters).

ConstellationsMeaningsConstellationsMeanings
1. AndromedaThe captive princess45. LacertaThe lizard
2. AntliaThe air pump46. LeoThe lion
3. ApusThe bird of paradise47. Leo MinorThe little lion
4. AquariusThe water carrier48. LepusThe hare
5. AquilaThe eagle49. LibraThe scales
6. AraThe altar50. LupusThe wolf
7. AriesThe ram51. LynxThe lynx
8. Auriga The charioteer52. LyraThe lyre
9. BootesThe herdsman53. MensaThe table mountain
10. CaelumThe chisel54. MicroscopiumThe microscope
11. CamelopardalisThe giraffe55. MonocerosThe unicorn
12. Cancer The crab56. MuscaThe fly
13. Canes VenaticiThe hunting dogs57. NormaThe set square
14. Canis MajorThe greater dog58. OctansThe octant
15. Canis Minor The little dog59. OphiuchusThe serpent holder
16. CapricornusThe sea goat60. OrionThe hunter
17. CarinaThe keel61. PavoThe peacock
18. CassiopeiaThe vain queen62. PegasusThe winged horse
19. Centaurus The centaur63. PerseusThe victorious hero
20. Cepheus Mythical king of Ethiopia64. PhoenixThe phoenix
21. CetusThe sea monster65. PictorThe painter’s easel
22. ChamaeleonThe chameleon66. PiscesThe fish
23. Circinus The compasses67. PiscisAustrinusThe southern fish
24. ColumbaThe dove68. PuppisThe stern
25. Coma Berenices Bernice’s hair69. PyxisThe compass
26. Corona AustralisThe southern crown70. ReticulumThe net
27. Corona BorealisThe northern crown71. SagittaThe arrow
28. Corvus The crow72. SagittariusThe archer
29. CraterThe cup73. ScorpiusThe scorpion
30. CruxThe southern cross74. SculptorThe sculptor
31. CygnusThe swan75. ScutumThe shield
32. DelphinusThe dolphin76. SerpensThe serpent
33. DoradoThe goldfish77. SextansThe sextant
34. DracoThe dragon78. TaurusThe bull
35. EquuleusThe foal79. TelescopiumThe telescope
36. EridanusThe river80. TriangulumThe triangle
37. FornaxThe furnace81. Triangulum AustraleThe southern triangle
38. GeminiThe twins82. TucanaThe toucan
39. GrusThe crane83. Ursa MajorThe great bear
40. Hercules The strong man84. Ursa MinorThe little bear
41. Horologium The pendulum clock85. VelaThe sails
42. HydraThe water snake86. VirgoThe virgin
43. Hydrus The little water snake87. VolansThe flying fish
44. IndusThe Indian88. VulpeculaThe fox

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