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Officina Typographica (Printing Office). Now obsolete constellation invented by Johann Bode for his star atlas Uranographia. Mona Evans, "Bode and Bode's Law" www.bellaonline.c...

Globus Aerostaticus (Hot Air Balloon). An obsolete consolation invented by Johann Bode for his star atlas Uranographia. Mona Evans, "Bode and Bode's Law" www.bellaonline.c...

The Teapot asterism that shows Sagittarius is marked on this image. You can also see a part of the Great Rift running down the page. This is composed of dark, dusty clouds that obscure our view of the Galactic disk. Mona Evans, "Cosmic Equines" www.bellaonline.c...

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The constellation Equuleus peeking out from behind Pegasus, as depicted in Urania's Mirror. Equuleus the colt may be the brother or the son of Pegasus - traditions vary. Mona Evans, "Cosmic Equines" www.bellaonline.c...

Follow the arc (of the handle of the Big Dipper) to Arcturus and speed on to Spica. Arcturus is the brightest star in Bootes (the kite-shaped constellation). Once you find bright Spica, you have Virgo. "Virgo the Maiden" www.bellaonline.c...

Virgo. Shown with wheat sheaf in left hand (Spica) and palm frond in right hand. (From 19th century Urania's Mirror.) "Virgo the Maiden" www.bellaonline.c...

Virgo. Taken from New Mexico, March 2013. (Image credit: Alan Dyer) "Virgo the Maiden" www.bellaonline.c...

Virgo from New Mexico | Amazing Sky Astrophotography by Alan Dyer

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GEMINI THE TWINS. Zodiac Building, Bucharest. And an astropoem: Two beautiful stars / and the Geminid meteor shower / which annually announces that / Castor and Pollux / have remained Olympic champions / in the heavens. (Image & poem: Andrei Dorian Gheorghe) Mona Evans, "Gemini - the Celestial Twins" www.bellaonline.c...

Gemini. You can see why Gemini is sometimes described as "over Orion's left shoulder." This map shows Castor and Pollux, Mekbuda, NGC 2392 and M35, among other features of Gemini. Mona Evans, "Gemini - the Celestial Twins" www.bellaonline.c...

The constellation Gemini the Twins represents the brothers, Castor and Pollux, in an embrace. (Created with Stellarium) Mona Evans, "Gemini - the Celestial Twins" www.bellaonline.c...

The Big Dipper is part of Ursa Major, the celestial Great Bear. Ursa Major is a constellation. The Big Dipper (the Plough in Britain) is an asterism. (Image via storybookipedia) Mona Evans, "Asterism or Constellation?" www.bellaonline.c...

Constellation Lyra. (credit: Urania's Mirror) This is the harp of the legendary Orpheus whose music charmed even wild beasts. Mona Evans, "Lyra the Heavenly Harp" www.bellaonline.c...

Lyra. The constellation represents the harp of Orpheus whose sweet music music charmed even the lord of the Underworld Hades. Vega is one of the brightest stars in the sky. Mona Evans, "Lyra the Heavenly Harp" www.bellaonline.c...

Constellations of the northern hemisphere August sky. The stars are connected in their traditional patterns and the dotted lines show the IAU boundaries for each one. (Credit: Astro Bob) Mona Evans, "Constellation or Asterism?" www.bellaonline.c...

Monoceros and Canis Minor. Urania's Mirror, based on Alexander Jamieson's Celestial Atlas. (Credit: Ian Ridpath) Mona Evans "Monoceros the Unicorn" www.bellaonline.c...

Monoceros. You can see the location of this constellation. No stars are shown on the map, because it has none brighter than fourth magnitude. (Credit: Heavens-above) Mona Evans "Monoceros the Unicorn" www.bellaonline.c...

Belt of Orion. The three bright blue stars, diagonally from the upper left, are Mintaka, Alnilam and Alnitak. Near Alnitak you can also pick out the Flame Nebula and the Horsehead Nebula. (Credit & copyright: Rogelio Bernal Andreo) Mona Evans, "Orion the Hunter" www.bellaonline.c...

The constellation Orion photographed from orbit. [Credit: Karen Nyberg (NASA)] Wow! This is an unusual view of Orion. Mona Evans, "Orion the Hunter" www.bellaonline.c...

Centuarus and Crux. Both constellations are prominent in the center of the lower half of this image. Bright stars Alpha and Beta Centauri lead the eye towards the Southern Cross. (Photo: Christopher J Picking) Mona Evans, "Centaurus the Centaur" www.bellaonline.c...

Centaurus. A large, bright southern hemisphere constellations. Its two brightest stars, Rigil Kent and Hadar, are pointer stars for the Southern Cross (Crux). Mona Evans, "Centaurus the Centaur" www.bellaonline.c...

Perseus Cluster of Galaxies. [Credit & Copyright: Jean-Charles Cuillandre (CFHT) & Giovanni Anselmi (Coelum Astronomia), Hawaiian Starlight] There is a foreground of faint Milky Way stars, but each of the fuzzy blobs is a galaxy in the Perseus Cluster. The dominant galaxy NGC 1275 is near the center, some 250 million LY away. It's the large galaxy on the image left. It contains an active massive black hole. Mona Evans, "Perseus the Hero" www.bellaonline.c...

Perseus constellation map. (Credit & Copyright: Torsten Bronger) The yellow dashed lines are constellation boundaries, the red dashed line is the ecliptic, and the shades of blue show Milky Way areas of different brightness. The map contains all Messier objects, except for colliding ones. Mona Evans, "Perseus", www.bellaonline.c...

Cassiopeia. As depicted in early 19th century in Urania's Mirror. Being upside down doesn't seem to interfere with her fussing with her hair. (Credit: Ian Ridpath) Mona Evans, "Cassiopeia the Queen", www.bellaonline.c...

Cassiopeia, the area defined by the International Astronomical Union. Mona Evans, "Cassiopeia the Queen", www.bellaonline.c...

Harpa Georgii. A constellation invented by Maximilian Hell, director of the Vienna Observatory. It was to honor William Herschel's discovery of a new planet and his patron King George III of England. Johann Bode included it in his star atlas Uranographia in 1801, but the constellation fell out of use. Mona Evans, "Cosmic 4th of July", www.bellaonline.c...