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Constellations

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  1. Apus a constellation in the southern sky means "no feet" and represents this avian species found on New Guinea that was once thought to lack feet.

    Bird-of-paradise

  2. The constellation Canis Major contains this star, the brightest in the night sky.

    Sirius (dog star)

  3. The current list of constellations recognized by the International Astronomical Union has its basis in the original list in Almagest written in the 2nd century by this ancient Greek great.

    Ptolemy

  4. The two brightest stars in this constellation are Castor and Pollux.

    Gemini

  5. The constellations Lepus and Lupus are Latin for these creatures respectively.

    Hare and wolf

  6. The constellation Ursa Minor is notable as the location of the north celestial pole and contains this notable star.

    Polaris

  7. The only constellation named for a man-made object is this, also the name of a society in which members are said to have an high IQ.

    Mensa (table)

  8. The group of stars known as the Big Dipper is part of this constellation.

    Ursa Major

  9. The constellation Aries represents the ram whose possession was the goal of this person's quest in a famous Greek myth.

    Jason (Golden Fleece)

  10. The constellations Pavo, Grus, Phoenix and Tucana that are collectively known as the "Southern Birds" represent these birds respectively.

    Peacock, crane, phoenix and toucan

  11. The dragon Ladon from Greek myth that Hercules slays in one of his labors is the myth equivalent of this constellation. Also the namesake of a character in the Harry Potter universe played on screen by Tom Felton.

    Draco

  12. The five major stars of the constellation Cassiopeia, named for the mother of Andromeda, are said to form these letter shapes depending on how you look at them.

    M or W

  13. The constellation Taurus contains this asterism that has associated myths in many cultures; a more modern namesake is a group of academic institutions in the United States.

    Pleiades (or) Seven Sisters

  14. This is the more common name of the the smallest constellation in the zodiac which is represented by the goat.

    Capricorn

  15. The mane and shoulders of this constellation's representation form an asterism known as "the Sickle."

    Leo

  16. This is the unique and defining feature of the constellation Serpens that has two parts called Serpent's Head and Serpent's Tail.

    Non-contiguous (separated by the constellation of Ophiuchus, the "Serpent-Bearer").

  17. Both the constellations Canis Major and Canis Minor are usually represented as following this other constellation like faithful pets.

    Orion

  18. The constellation Octans contains this imaginary reference point of the heavens. It does not contain a reference star but if it did, it would be the equivalent of Polaris of its northern counterpart.

    South celestial pole

  19. Rigel and Betelgeuse are the brightest stars of this notable constellation that is referenced in several works of fiction and entities including a (defunct) film distribution company that had releases like Amadeus, Platoon, Dances with Wolves, and The Silence of the Lambs.

    Orion

  20. The constellation Corona Australis meaning "southern crown" has this counterpart constellation in the northern hemisphere.

    Corona Borealis

  21. The myth equivalent of the constellation Sagitta is that it is the arrow that Hercules used to kill the eagle which perpetually gnawed on this chained Titan's liver.

    Prometheus

  22. As the name suggests, the constellation Monoceros means this creature in Greek.

    Unicorn

  23. The Beehive Cluster, popular with amateur astronomers, lies at this heart of the constellation which is also one of the signs of the zodiac. Its myth association is that of a creature that bit Hercules when he was fighting the Hydra.

    Cancer

  24. The constellation Ursa Major which served as a pointer to north direction for millennia has this well-recognized asterism that can also be found on Alaska's flag.

    Big Dipper (or) Plough

  25. The constellations Carina, Puppis, and Vela respectively represented the keel, the deck, and the sails of this mythical ship.

    Argo

  26. Crux, the smallest of all constellations, has a cross-shaped asterism that finds its place on several flags of countries beneath the equator. The more recognized name of Crux is this.

    Southern Cross

  27. Not surprisingly, this constellation named for a lady of Greek myth who is rescued by Perseus contains the closest galaxy to the Milky Way.

    Andromeda

  28. The constellation Centaurus contains this star system, the nearest to us.

    Alpha Centauri (note that Proxima Centauri is likely part of a triple star system with Alpha Centauri A and B)

  29. One of the constellations in the zodiac, its name is Latin for "water carrier." It is also the namesake of an 'age' which will dawn in 2597 AD.

    Aquarius

  30. The largest of all constellations, it is associated with the many-headed monster killed by Hercules in his labors.

    Hydra

  31. The International Astronomical Union recognizes these many constellations, the same number as the keys on a standard piano.

    88

  32. The constellation Sagittarius is usually depicted as this mythical creature drawing a bow.

    Centaur

  33. The only zodiac sign constellation that does not symbolize a living creature.

    Libra

  34. This constellation is home not only to the asterism called the Northern Cross but also to a binary star that is the first object widely held to be a black hole.

    Cygnus

  35. The constellation Aquila is said to represent the eagle that carried these weapons of Zeus/Jupiter.

    Thunderbolts

  36. The second largest constellation of all and the largest within the signs of the zodiac.

    Virgo