Famous Constellations


  • Latin for ‘eagle’
  • best viewed in late summer, September
  • lies in the Milky Way band
  • its most prominent star is Altair, which is one of the closest naked eye stars to the Earth


  • Latin for ‘water carrier’
  • best viewed in October
  • one of the biggest, most famous and oldest named constellations


  • Latin for ‘greater dog’
  • best viewed in February
  • contains the brightest star in the sky – Sirius


  • Latin for ‘ram’
  • best viewed in December
  • formed by just 4 (sometimes 5) stars
  • Hamal is the largest and most visible star and is classified as an orange giant


  • the name of a queen in Greek mythology
  • best viewed in November
  • one of the most easily recognised constellations


  • Latin for ‘twins’
  • best viewed in February
  • Castor and Pollux (the twins names) are also the names of the two brightest stars in the constellation
  • the twins sit next to Orion, making them fairly easy to find in winter


  • also known as the Northern Cross
  • Latinized Greek for ‘swan’
  • best viewed in September
  • Deneb (the swan’s tail) is one of the brightest stars in the night sky
  • can be found within the Milky Way


  • Latin for ‘lion’
  • best viewed in April
  • it’s the easiest constellation in the zodiac to find
  • Regulus is its brightest star


  • Latin for ‘lyre’
  • best viewed in August
  • its brightest star is Vega, which is also one of the brightest stars in the night sky


  • named after the mythological Greek hunter
  • best viewed in January
  • one of the largest and most recognizable constellations
  • one of the most famous constellations mentioned by Homer, Virgil or the Bible
  • the brightest stars are Rigel and Betelgeuse


  • Latin for ‘fish’ (plural)
  • best viewed in November
  • none of its individual stars is particularly bright


  • Latin for ‘scorpion’
  • best viewed in July
  • fairly easy to find due to many bright stars
  • Antares, its brightest star, is said to be the heart of the scorpion it’s the easiest star to find but sometimes confused with Mars because of its red-orange colouring


  • Latin for ‘larger bear’
  • best viewed in April
  • the Big Dipper is an asterism within the constellation


  • Latin for ‘bull’
  • best viewed in January
  • it’s fairly easy to find as its most recognizable asterism forms a very prominent ‘V’
  • the brightest star is Aldebaran, which forms the bull’s right eye


  • Latin for ‘smaller bear’
  • best viewed in June
  • it contains Polaris, the North Star
  • better known as the Little Dipper

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