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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.

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