Quick Answer: What Are The 88 Modern Constellations?

88 Officially Recognized Constellations

Latin NameEnglish Name or Description
AntliaAir pump
ApusBird of Paradise
AquariusWater bearer
AquilaEagle

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How many stars make up the 88 constellations?

Currently, 14 men and women, 9 birds, two insects, 19 land animals, 10 water creatures, two centaurs, one head of hair, a serpent, a dragon, a flying horse, a river and 29 inanimate objects are represented in the night sky (the total comes to more than 88 because some constellations include more than one creature.)

What are the 12 most common constellations?

The 12 constellations of the zodiac are Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpius, Sagittarius, Capricornus, Aquarius and Pisces. All of these, as well as the full circle of the zodiac are easily visible in present-day star maps among other constellations.

Which year did the International Astronomical Union defined and accepted the modern 88 constellations?

In 1922, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) formally accepted the modern list of 88 constellations, and in 1928 adopted official constellation boundaries that together cover the entire celestial sphere. Any given point in a celestial coordinate system lies in one of the modern constellations.

How many standard constellations are there in the modern era?

There are 38 modern constellations. In 1930 the International Astronomical Union officially listed 88 modern and ancient constellations (one of the ancient constellations was divided into 3 parts) and drew a boundary around each.