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Five Famous Constellations You Can Spot At Night

Submitted by solomon on Fri, 04/13/2018 - 12:51
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Orion is a mysterious figure with a bow and arrow, whose stars glitter like gems in the night sky. For any keen stargazers out there, just under the three stars that make up Orion’s Belt is the legendary Orion’s Sword, lost in a cloud of dust and gas. Next time Orion The Hunter comes out to play, get your binoculars out fast!


The constellation Leo is based on the Nemean Lion, a fictional animal killed by Hercules in Greek mythology. These stars are an accurate description of this lion, reared up on its hind legs, looking to fight. A fiery spirit indeed! 


Cassiopeia is a constellation roughly in the shape of a distinctive ‘W’, which is why it can be easily spotted in the sky. Its namesake was the arrogant Queen Cassiopeia, from Greek mythology, who thought she was more beautiful than anybody else.


Cepheus is a constellation located in the same family as the constellation Cassiopeia - the Perseus Family. In Greek Mythology, Cepheus was the husband of Cassiopeia and was accidentally killed by Perseus, his son in law, who used Medusa's head to turn his enemies into stone. Cepheus failed to look away in time, along with his wife. What a sticky end!


Sagittarius is a constellation that represents the Archer, made up of 32 stars. It is also the star that is the namesake of the Zodiac horoscope Sagittarius: for those people who are born between November 23rd and December 21st. Who knows, if you’re born in that period maybe there’s an archer in you!

By Mariam