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Glossary term: Constellation

Description: A constellation is a region in the sky with a group of stars that are said to represent the shape of animals, humans, and others. Many cultures have studied the sky and given their own names to different regions. The International Astronomical Union divided the sky into 88 constellations, based on those used in Ancient Greece together with more recent additions, especially in the southern hemisphere. Each of the 88 constellations occupies a certain part of the sky, and therefore, each of the heavenly bodies, from stars to galaxies to nebulae, etc. can be associated with a constellation.

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