A constellation is a part of the celestial space that forms some patterns like an animal, object, creature, or any mythological person. The general meaning of constellation is, it is a certain region in the celestial sphere that visually represents some specific symbol made of stars. The word “constellation” meaning is “group of stars”.
Before accepting the modern constellation, different cultures/countries had adopted different constellations. There were many different ancient constellations. Each constellation had a different meaning and symbol to exist. Usually, ancient people look at the sky and connect the set of stars with some imaginary symbol or lines. Claudius Ptolemy has mentioned about 48 ancient constellations in his treatise Almagest. And there were many other constellations accepted by different civilizations. But now International Astronomical Union (IAU) has accepted only a few specific constellations. According to IAU, there are 88 constellations. These constellations show some patterns like animals or object shapes. And in those 88, there are twelve zodiac constellations that are mostly used in astrology. Below are the images of few zodiac representing particular constellation meanings.
Though there are 88 constellations IAU has recognized but here in this article, we will know only about the most famous and major constellations.
In these 88 modern constellations, 12 are the zodiac constellations. The zodiac constellations are used in modern astrology and twelve signs of each. These twelve signs of the zodiac are related to horoscope astrology. The zodiac signs represent the path and position of the sun, moon, planets, and other stars.
As we read above, there are 88 modern constellations that have been recognized by IAU since 1992. They represent some symbol or pattern. In these 88 constellations, 42 represent animals, 29 represent inanimate objects, and 17 represent humans or mythological characters.
Here in this article, we have mentioned about 20 largest constellations and 12 zodiac constellations.
20 Largest Constellations
Below are the 20 largest constellations with their names, size, and meanings. The constellations-meaning represent which pattern or symbol the set of stars form. Whereas the constellation size represents an area in the form of square degrees.
|Constellation Names||Meaning (pattern)||Size (area in square degrees)|
|1. Hydra||A water monster (mythological creature)||1302.84|
|2. Virgo||Virgin or maiden (girl)||1294.43|
|3. Ursa Major||Great bear||1279.66|
|4. Cetus||Sea monster||1231.41|
|5. Hercules||Hercules (a hero – mythological character)||1225.15|
|6. Eridanus||river Eridanus||1137.92|
|7. Pegasus||Pegasus (a mythological winged horse)||1120.79|
|9. Centaurus||centaur (a mythological character – mixed horse and human body)||1060.42|
|10. Aquarius||Water bearer||979.85|
|19. Andromeda||Andromeda (The chained maiden or princess)||722.28|
|20. Puppis||Poop deck||673.43|
So, these were the 20 largest constellations list with size and sign mentioned about them. Some of above are related to Zodiac constellations of stars.
12 Zodiac Constellations
These zodiac are very famous constellations. They are mainly used in the astrology horoscope. The zodiac constellations represents some sign of stars and planes crossing their path in particular degrees (just astrology things).
|Zodiac Constellations||Meaning (pattern)||Size (area in square degrees)|
|1. Virgo||Virgin or maiden (girl)||1294.43|
|11. Aries||Ram (animal)||441.39|
|12. Capricornus||Sea goat||413.95|
So, these were the list of zodiac constellations with thier meanings (sign) and size. These 12 are very famous constellations and mostly used by astrologer.
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