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All 88 modern constellations, plus the Milky Way and the aurora, are listed in the table below. Each entry describes the mythology and history of the constellation along with an illustration of it from an atlas, usually Bode’s Uranographia of 1801 or Flamsteed’s Atlas Coelestis of 1729. For the more prominent constellations I have included some brief information about the brightest stars and other objects of interest they contain, including the origin and meaning of star names. Where relevant, I have added a discussion of Chinese constellations that lay in the same area of sky as the western constellation. Click on a link to go to the entry, or select from the pop-up menu above right.

For obsolete constellations, see Chapter Four.

For a table of the sizes and visibility of all 88 constellations, see here.

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