Star Lore around the World

Astronomy

This is the astronomy section of the Star Lore Around the World project. Click here to get the the introduction.

The main goal of this project is a collection of star lore. However, to understand how certain star formations became different images in different cultures, it is important to visualize that formation in the sky.

The astronomy section provides pictures of each constellation together with a list of the main stars.

At the top of each constellation's site, you find icons linking to what I found to be the most essential sites on astrnomy and star lore:

Wikipedia

An extensive description of each constellation.
R.H. Allen: Star Names; Their Lore and Meaning

The standard work on star lore, written in 1899.
Ian Ridpath: Star Tales

Comprehensive collection of Greek and Chinese Star Lore.
Universe Guide

Most comprehensive aastronomical collection.
Sea and Sky: Constellations

Very clear graphics of each constellation.
SkyEye

Very detailed maps of all constellations.
NASA Chandra Observatory

Brief descriptions of constellations and Greek star lore.
(Not for all constellations).
IAU Map

The official maps of each constellation issued by the International Astronomical Union.
This whole project is still a work in progress. So far, only the constellations with links are covered extensively.

In due time, there will be descriptions of every constellation.

88 IAU Constellations

Andromeda

Andromeda
Antlia

Air Pump
Apus

Bird-of-Paradise
Aquarius

Water-Carrier
Aquila

Eagle
Ara

Altar
Aries

Ram
Auriga

Charioteer
Bo÷tes

Herdsman
Caelum

Chisel
Camelopardalis

Giraffe
Cancer

Crab
Canes Venatici

Hunting Dogs
Canis Major

Greater Dog
Canis Minor

Lesser Dog
Capricornus

Sea Goat
Carina

Ship's Keel
Cassiopeia

Cassiopeia
Centaurus

Centaur
Cepheus

Cepheus
Cetus

Whale
Chamaeleon

Chamaeleon
Circinus

Drafting Compass
Columba

Dove
Coma Berenices

Berenice's Hair
Corona Australis

Southern Crown
Corona Borealis

Norhern Crown
Corvus

Raven
Crater

Goblet
Crux

Southern Cross
Cygnus

Swan
Delphinus

Dolphin
Dorado

Swordfish
Draco

Dragon
Equuleus

Foal
Eridanus

River Eridanus
Fornax

Furnace
Gemini

Twins
Grus

Crane
Hercules

Hercules
Horologium

Pendulum Clock
Hydra

Water Snake
Hydrus

Water Snake
Indus

The Indian
Lacerta

Lizard
Leo

Lion
Leo Minor

Smaller Lion
Lepus

Hare
Libra

Scales
Lupus

Wolf
Lynx

Lynx
Lyra

Lyre
Mensa

Table Mountain
Microscopium

Microscope
Monoceros

Unicorn
Musca

Fly
Norma

Carpenter's Level
Octans

Octant
Ophiuchus

Serpent Bearer
Orion

Orion
Pavo

Peacock
Pegasus

Pegasus
Perseus

Perseus
Phoenix

Phoenix
Pictor

Easel
Pisces

Fishes
Piscis Austrinus

Southern Fish
Puppis

Poop Deck
Pyxis

Mariner's Compass
Reticulum

Eyepiece Graticule
Sagitta

Arrow
Sagittarius

Archer
Scorpius

Scorpion
Sculptor

Sculptor
Scutum

Shield
Serpens

Snake
Sextans

Sextant
Taurus

Bull
Telescopium

Telescope
Triangulum

Triangle
Triangulum Australe

Southern Triangle
Tucana

Toucan
Ursa Major

Great Bear
Ursa Minor

Little Bear
Vela

Sails
Virgo

Virgin
Volans

Flying Fish
Vulpecula

Fox

Galaxies, Nebulae and Star Clusters

Milky Way Coalsack Nebula Magellanic Clouds Pleiades

Asterisms

Great Diamond Spring Triangle Summer Triangle Winter Hexagon Winter Triangle

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