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Every culture known to history and anthropology has seen in the heavens distinctive patterns called constellations and formed by the stars Constellations are usually comprised of bright stars that appear close to each other Oriental cultures the ancient Chinese for example formed intricate patterns from some of the faintest stars creating hundreds of constellations where the West saw only a few A few constellations such as Orion the hunter and the Great bear represent the same image to widely separated cultures So just what are these constellations you keep hearing about You may go outside some night and see all kinds of stars and maybe you have even spotted the Southern Cross but what about Leo the Lion or Pisces the Fish What are they The constellations are totally imaginary things that poets farmers and astronomers have made up over the past 6000 years and probably even more The real purpose for the constellations is to help us tell which stars are which nothing more On a really dark night you can see about 1000 to 1500 stars Trying to tell which is which is hard The constellations help by breaking up the sky into more manageable bits They are used as mnemonics or memory aids For example if you spot three bright stars in a row in the winter evening you might realise Oh Thats part of Orion Suddenly the rest of the constellation falls into place and you can declare Theres Betelgeuse in Orions left shoulder and Rigel is his foot And once you recognise Orion you can remember that Orions Hunting Dogs are always nearby Where did the constellations come from OK so we know the constellations are helpful for remembering the stars but why would people want to do that besides an astronomer After all I said at the beginning that farmers invented the constellations Why did they do that Was it for some religious purpose
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