There are more famous constellations besides the zodiac constellations. In fact, some of the most well known constellations aren't even visible to half the world.
I'm referring to stars such as Polaris, the North Star. Only stargazers on the Northern Hemisphere of the Earth can see the North Star. Unfortunately, there is no similar centrally located star viewable from the Southern Hemisphere.
In addition to providing a list of all 88 constellations, this section highlights some of the “more popular” (or in other words, more famous) non-Zodiac constellations.
Some of my favorites are below (in no particular order). Whether you’re a lover or a fighter, there’s a constellation (or two) that’s just right for you.
A Note About Naming Conventions
If a constellation has a "common" name, the Latin name is first followed by a comma. Then, the common name is listed. Not all constellations have a common name, such as Lynx and Phoenix.
Other constellations named after a person (either real or imagined), such as Andromeda and Hercules, will not have a common name as well.
How would you like to be reminded of loved ones every night? In earlier times, before computers, books, and printed words, people learned and taught by telling stories. These constellations were reminders of the stories of old that were passed down from generation to generation.
For Animal Lovers
- Aquila, The Eagle
- Canis Major, The Big Dog
- Draco, The Dragon (This could be a loved pet or an enemy in battle. I've listed it for both the lovers and the fighters.)
- Hydra, The Many-Headed Serpent (Granted, a serpent may not be your favorite animal...)
- Lepus (commonly misspelled Lupus), The Wolf
- Puppis, The Little Dog
- Ursa Minor, The Little Bear
- Ursa Major, The Big Bear
My husband loves military history. These are by far the constellations that remind me of him.
- Draco, The Dragon (Actually, Draco could be on either side of the battle. He could be a friend or a foe. Hmmm...)
Star soup, anyone? Coming right up! (I'm not sure what else you could use a dipper for...besides stargazing, of course!)
- The Little Dipper
- The Big Dipper
Other Famous Constellations
In addition to the more well-known constellations mentioned above and the zodiac constellations, there are so many more constellations. In fact, there's an entire list of all 88 constellations.
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