Constellations are groups of stars that are near each other in
the sky. People have always looked to the stars and traced the
outline of familiar objects in the sky. They are just like dot
to dot drawings using the stars in the sky!
People have attached meaning to these constellations, using them
to help get from one to place to another (navigate), tell time,
and to develop myths to unite their community.
Pleiades is an open cluster of more than 300 stars in the constellation
Taurus. Six or seven of these stars are blue-white giants clearly visible
to the human eye. These stars are often referred to as the Seven Sisters.
The appearance of the Pleiades at a high point in the sky marked
the end of a 52-year cycle for the Aztecs.
Major and Ursa Minor: Ursa Major is the saucepan-shaped constellation
that points to the North Star. It contains seven stars which form the
Big Dipper. It is also called the Great Bear.
Ursa Minor is a small constellation in the sky of the northern
hemisphere that contains the North Star. It is also called the
Little Dipper and the Little Bear.
The Egyptians are thought to have relied on the stars of these
constellations to determine true north for the construction of
Southern Cross: The Southern Cross is a cluster of stars in
the sky in the southern hemisphere with four bright stars that look like
the points of a cross.
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