Tuesday, 17 November 2009

National Geographic Constellation

"For centuries humans have seen imaginary animals, people, or mythological beings in the patterns and shapes of star groupings. Ancient stargazers gave names to these groupings, the constellations we know today" (National Geographic Society, 2009).

When people looked up into the night time sky, they did not only see the stars, but a connection between them. They drew lines from a star to another, so that each dot of light formed a bigger picture, and "these names give us a way to organize and locate the 6,000 stars and the galaxies" (National Geographic Society, 2009).

National Geographic Society (2009) Star Attractions: Constellations. [online] http://www.nationalgeographic.com/features/97/stars/attractions/index.html