In 1929, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) officially defined 88 constellations across the sky.
But these constellations aren’t drawn to connect certain stars, they’re actually more-or-less rectangular slices of the heavens holding the stars within them.
What is the difference between constellations and zodiac signs?
Zodiac constellations are the constellations which give the zodiac signs to people. Constellations are groups of stars that form a specific pattern and are recognized by mythological figures and have names attributed to them. Constellations are used for the study of astronomy.
Are the zodiac constellations in our galaxy?
The Milky Way and Sagittarius Constellation. Rising into the night sky is the glittering plane of our galaxy. This picture shows the center of the Milky Way and on the left side Sagittarius (the Archer), one of the constellations of the zodiac.
What are the 13 constellations?
Contrary to popular belief, there are actually 13 zodiacal constellations, if you pay attention to the way astronomers define them. In addition to Capricornus, Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpius, and Sagittarius, the Sun also passes through Ophiuchus.
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