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PICTURES IN THE STARS

Long ago, people made up pictures to go with the stars. It took a lot of imagination, because most of the star groups don't look much like what they are named, but it gave us a way to keep track of the stars. We call these star groups CONSTELLATIONS.


URSA MAJOR | CYGNUS

URSA MAJOR

Consider this constellation. What does it look like to you?

The ancients thought it was a bear. It contains the Big Dipper. Can you see either?

To see these patterns drawn, CLICK HERE.

Ursa Major

 

Cygnus

CYGNUS

What do you see here? an airplane? a giraffe? a bird? a rocking horse? a kite? or something else entirely? Study it a while.

 

When you are ready, CLICK HERE to see what the ancient people pictured.

 

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