If there is one great constellation, it is the constellation of Gemini. As a Zodiac Constellation, it is only visible during parts of the year. It's two brightest stars, Castor and Pollux, give it the name of the Twins. Anyone born in the end of May until late June is said to have two faces: one of Pollux's and one of Castor's.
Perseus, or “the hero,” has twenty-eight stars. The brightest, most recognizable ones are Mirfak and Algol. Mirfak is the brightest star of Perseus. It is a little bit brighter than Polaris, the North Star. Algol is the most famous star. In the constellation, Algol is the eye of Medusa, translating to “demon star.” People used to think that Algol was cursed due to its constant change in brightness, but we know today that sometimes another star overlaps Algol, causing its magnitude to appear to change. Perseus has six stars with confirmed planets. (Coder pp. 85 & 87, Fanshawe, Perseus Constellation, Perseus Hero)
After recognizing that Rick Riordan’s novels from the Percy Jackson series would not suffice as research, I began my development of knowledge on Perseus and Pegasus with research. Beginning with the magazines Sky & Telescope and Astronomy and the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics, I viewed countless photographs of the constellations before turning to other websites to learn about the mythology and other basic information.
Exploring the stars through it, he proved that the Milky Way is a set of distant and therefore faint stars. In his famous "Star Herald" in 1609, Galileo wrote: "I turned to the observation of the essence or matter of the Milky Way, and with the help of the telescope it was possible to make it so accessible to our eyes that all disputes were silenced by the clarity and evidence that I am exempt from a verbose dispute. In fact, the Milky Way is nothing more than a countless number of stars, as if located in piles, in whatever direction the telescope is directed, a huge number of stars are immediately visible, a few are quite bright and quite distinguishable, the number of stars. In 1755, the German philosopher and Immanuel Kant suggested that the stars form groups in space, just as the planets make up the solar system. These groups he called "star islands". According to Kant, one of such countless islands is the Milky Way - a grand cluster of stars, visible in the sky as a light misty band. In ancient Greek, the word "galaktikos" means "milky," so the Milky Way and star-like systems similar to it are called
There are many scientific and literary explanations for the constellation Capricorn. It is not a very well-known constellation but it has many interesting features.
Sagitta, which means “the arrow” in Latin, is a constellation that can be found from all places on Earth, excluding the Antarctic Circle, at approximately +90° and -70°. It is located in the fourth quadrant of the northern hemisphere, inside the Milky Way, and can best be seen in the months of August and September at approximately 9:00 PM. Sagitta was first discovered by the renowned Greek astronomer, Ptolemy, in the second century. It is considered “ancient,” for it is one of the oldest recognized constellations. Being the third smallest of the 88 known constellations, Sagitta has no stars brighter than fourth magnitude, however this constellation is composed of the Gamma Sagittae, Delta Sagittae, Alpha Sagittae, Beta Sagittae, 15 Sagittae, Sham-Alpha Sagittae, Zeta Sagittae, Eta Sagittae, Epsilon Sagittae, HD 231701 (the only known star with a planetary system in Sagitta and is 354 light years away), Theta Sagittae, S Sagittae, U Sagittae, and QZ Sagittae. Sagitta is extremely small, occupying an area of only 80 square degrees, however is bordered by Vulpecula, Delphinus, Hercules...
The Pleiades are seven sisters, a young and hot open cluster of stars. Daughters of Atlas and Pleione. Violet beauties, a core of white heat.
One Greek myth story based on the stars is The Pleiades. This story is about Atlas’ 7 daughters; Electra, Maia, Taygete, Alcyone, Merope, Celaeno, and Sterope. Orion was always chasing after them and they were always running away. Zeus put them in the stars, in an attempt to save them from Orion, “But it was said that even there orion continued his pursuit , always unsuccessful, yet persistent,” (Mythology 439). This story refers to the origin of a particular constellation. It also explains why the stars move across the sky in a specific direction. Another story that helps explain something in the stars is Callisto. In this tail, Zeus sees a wolf lady and he falls in love with her. Hera gets upset and turns her into a bear so her son will kill her, “But Zeus snatched the bear away and placed her among the stars, where she is called Great Bear,” (Mythology 429). This was also used to explain where the, “Great Bear,” constellation came from. These and many other beautiful constellations with really interesting stories can still be seen
"Leda and the Constellation Cygnus." Department of Engineering, University of Michigan. 17 February 1999 http://windows.ivv.nasa.gov/mythology/cygnus.html.
The constellation I have chosen for this essay is Scorpius because I am a Scorpius so I have a connection with this particular constellation. The constellation Scorpius itself lies between the constellations Libra and Sagittarius in the southern hemisphere near the center of the Milky Way. This constellation symbolizes a scorpion and has 18 main stars,the brightest of which is the star Antares. I have chosen this constellation because Scorpius is my zodiac and I have looked upon the Scorpius constellation and I have found it to be quite stunning.