We’ve all looked up in awe at the starry sky and wondered about the far-away stars, galaxies and constellations. But in reality we know so little about what’s around us.
Constellations (“set of stars”) are groups of stars that imaginatively been linked together by ancient civilizations to depict mythological characters, animals and objects from mankind’s history. This way our ancestors were able to organize the night sky into a recognizable form to assist in their religious study of the celestial heavens. This had other, more practical, applications as well, such as predicting the seasons for farming, and measuring time or as a directional compass.
In 1922, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) officially recognized 88 constellations. 48 of them alone were recorded by the Greek astronomer Ptolemy in his book ‘Almagest’, which was written around 150 AD. Ptolemy’s chart had gaps, but over the centuries new constellations have been added to the list, until it completed the remaining constellations we are now familiar with in the night sky.
Our knowledge of the constellations and the stars comes from the Greeks, the Ancient Egyptians, the Mesopotamian and even the Hebrew Bible. Orion is perhaps the most recognizable of all the constellations. The biggest constellation is Hydra – it extends over more than 3% of the night sky, and the smallest is Crux covering a mere 0.165%. Everyone remembers from our school books the famous Ursa Major and Ursa Minor!
Centaurus contains the largest number of visible stars at 101; while Canis Major contains the brightest star in the celestial heavens – Sirius. There are 100 billion stars the Milky Way galaxy alone and there is no better gift than to name one after a friend, a loved one, a relative or a colleague. There are so many reasons to sprinkle some star dust on someone special. We are sure that anyone of us has closest people that deserve to be treated in a special way. And with some moments in our life happening only once, such occasions require unique approaches to make these events all the more memorable.
Choose from a large private star registry service that names clearly visible stars that will follow you wherever you go into the night. You can find and easily retrieve the stars we name at the Star Register page. After you purchase a star as a gift, you can even add a personal message and dedication to make this a truly unforgettable experience for someone.