What is Constellations?

Most of the stars appear to be grouped together forming interesting patterns in the sky. The configurations or groups of star formed in the patterns of animals and human beings are called constellations. There are 88 constellations into which the whole sky has been divided.


If we look towards the northern sky on a clear moonless night during the months of July and August, a group of seven bright stars resembling a bear, the four stars forming a quadrangle form the body, the remaining three stars make the tail and some other faint stars form the paws and head of the bear. This constellation is called Ursa Major or Saptarishi or Great Bear. The constellation Orion resembles the figure of a hunter and Taurus (Vrishabha) resembles the shape of a bull.