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The classical constellations of the Zodiac are 12, but according to the modern official boundaries of the constellation, the Sun passes through 13 constellations.


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Everyone has his own favorite constellation, but probably the two best known constellations (aside from the 12 Zodiac constellations) are the Big Dipper and Orion.

Because they're the ones that the sun's path passes through during the course of a year. If you could see the stars around the sun during the day, the sun is always in one of the constellations of the zodiac.

Orion is a constellation - not a star sign. "Signs" are the constellations along the ecliptic, or better known as the zodiac.

Those whom have watched night skies know, The siderial motion of the zodiac lined up with the signs of the Zodiac. These celestial bodies have been known for thousands of years, with no variation in their composition. The Zodiac sets the seasons of the year, be it China, or the USA!

Only the twelve constellations of the Zodiac would be "zodiacal". There are hundreds of OTHER constellations; pick any one of those. Probably the two best known "non-zodiacal" constellations would be the Big Dipper and Orion. Cassiopeia might be third on this list.

There are 88 "officially recognized" constellations, according to the International Astronomical Union, the IAU. Everybody will have their own favorites, of course, but in my opinion the top two "most commonly known" constellations include the Big Dipper and Orion the Hunter. Beyond that, there are twelve "signs of the Zodiac", constellations that lie along the ecliptic.

There are 88 constellations to be known by scientists.

Well, There are 88 well-known constellations to man.

there are 88 constellations known by scientists

There are 13: Capricornus, Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpius, Sagittarius, and (the not so well known) Ophiuchus.

It is an easy way of identifying groups of stars and labelling and naming stars within constellations. Many constellations are long established. So they are also commonly known by people, making it easier for people to understand what is being talked about, be they scientists or ordinary people who can identify constellations and stars.

Ursa Major (big bear), Ursa Minor, there are quite a few. The sun passes through 13 constellations, and these are known as the zodiac, and are quite familiar to people interested in astrology. Cancer, Taurus, Libra, Gemini, etc. In the southern hemisphere are more constellations not visible to us northern latitude folks. Arrangements of stars that look like something (such as the Big Dipper) are more properly known as "asterisms."

there are 88 constellations known.

As of 2014, it isn't known who the zodiac killer was.

The plane of the earth's orbit is referred to as the Ecliptic plane.It also forms the line in the sky that the sun appears to travel through the stars during the course of a year, called the Ecliptic. The constellations of the Zodiac are the constellations arranged around the Ecliptic.

Some of the best-known constellations include Taurus, Andromeda, Orion, Cassiopeia, Hercules and Pegasus. See the related link to learn more about the constellations.

The Ecliptic describes our view of the stars in the sky that (approximately) traces out the apparent position of our Sun against distant stars over each year. The area known as the Zodiac is a band about 18 degrees wide centered on the Ecliptic. All constellations are fanciful human interpretations of patterns of stars and galaxies in the night sky. Zodiac constellations are no different than other constellations except that they are patterns in that 18 degree band in the sky. As the Earth moves around the Sun in the plane of the Ecliptic so do the other planets, all at slightly different angles to the plane and with different orbital times so that appear to take the same approximate path as the Sun and our Moon. As the background star patterns change only over millions of years the changing position of the Sun, Moon and planets seem to wander aimlessly about the Zodiac band. The study of these wanderers (Greek planome: I wander) was the forerunner of modern Astronomy and the pseudoscience of Astrology.

the 13th zodiac sign is also known as opuntius!

There are 88 official "constellations" recognized by the International Astronomical Union. These official constellations include the 12 Zodiac constellations and such well-known ones like Ursa Major or Orion. Any named grouping of stars other than the "official" 88 are called "asterisms". For example, the Big Dipper is not an official constellation; instead, it is an asterism. Asterisms may be parts of constellations, or may include stars from two or more constellations. The Big Dipper is a part of the larger constellation of Ursa Major, while "Orion's Belt" is an asterism, the middle part of the constellation of Orion.

The Zodiac sign - and the constellation - are both known as Cancer the Crab.

actually the constilation is called scorpio.

Most of the constellations, including all the signs of the zodiac, have been known from antiquity. The answer is probably some shepherd in ancient Greece or Sumeria, who was bored to tears watching the sheep and made up stories about the shapes he saw in the night sky.

The Zodiac is known as a serial killer in California in the 1960's and 1970's.

Crux is the smallest of the 88 modern constellations

It is Crux, commonly known as the Southern Cross.

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