What does constellation mean?

Definitions for constellation
ˌkɒn stəˈleɪ ʃəncon·stel·la·tion

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Wiktionary

  1. constellationnoun

    An arbitrary formation of stars perceived as a figure or pattern.

    Etymology: From constellacioun, constillacioun, from constellation, from constellatio, from con + stella

  2. constellationnoun

    An image associated with a group of stars.

    Etymology: From constellacioun, constillacioun, from constellation, from constellatio, from con + stella

  3. constellationnoun

    Any of the 88 officially recognized regions of the sky, including all stars and celestial bodies in the region.

    Etymology: From constellacioun, constillacioun, from constellation, from constellatio, from con + stella

  4. constellationnoun

    The configuration of planets at a given time (notably of birth), as used for determining a horoscope.

    Etymology: From constellacioun, constillacioun, from constellation, from constellatio, from con + stella

  5. constellationnoun

    A wide, seemingly unlimited assortment.

    A constellation of possibilities.

    Etymology: From constellacioun, constillacioun, from constellation, from constellatio, from con + stella

  6. constellationnoun

    a configuration or grouping

    your computer's software constellation helps you do your work faster

    Etymology: From constellacioun, constillacioun, from constellation, from constellatio, from con + stella

Wikipedia

  1. Constellation

    A constellation is an area on the celestial sphere in which a group of stars forms an imaginary outline or pattern, typically representing an animal, mythological person or creature, or an inanimate object.The origins of the earliest constellations likely go back to prehistory. People used them to relate stories of their beliefs, experiences, creation, or mythology. Different cultures and countries adopted their own constellations, some of which lasted into the early 20th century before today's constellations were internationally recognized. The recognition of constellations has changed significantly over time. Many have changed in size or shape. Some became popular, only to drop into obscurity. Others were limited to a single culture or nation. The 48 traditional Western constellations are Greek. They are given in Aratus' work Phenomena and Ptolemy's Almagest, though their origin probably predates these works by several centuries. Constellations in the far southern sky were added from the 15th century until the mid-18th century when European explorers began traveling to the Southern Hemisphere. Twelve ancient constellations belong to the zodiac (straddling the ecliptic, which the Sun, Moon, and planets all traverse). The origins of the zodiac remain historically uncertain; its astrological divisions became prominent c. 400 BC in Babylonian or Chaldean astronomy,. In 1922, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) formally accepted the modern list of 88 constellations, and in 1928 adopted official constellation boundaries that together cover the entire celestial sphere. Any given point in a celestial coordinate system lies in one of the modern constellations. Some astronomical naming systems include the constellation where a given celestial object is found to convey its approximate location in the sky. The Flamsteed designation of a star, for example, consists of a number and the genitive form of the constellation name. Other star patterns or groups called asterisms are not constellations per se, but are used by observers to navigate the night sky. Asterisms may be several stars within a constellation, or they may share stars with more than one constellation. Examples of asterisms include the Pleiades and Hyades within the constellation Taurus and the False Cross split between the southern constellations Carina and Vela, or Venus' Mirror in the constellation of Orion.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. configuration, constellationnoun

    an arrangement of parts or elements

    "the outcome depends on the configuration of influences at the time"

  2. constellationnoun

    a configuration of stars as seen from the earth

Webster Dictionary

  1. Constellationnoun

    a cluster or group of fixed stars, or dvision of the heavens, designated in most cases by the name of some animal, or of some mythologial personage, within whose imaginary outline, as traced upon the heavens, the group is included

    Etymology: [F. constellation, L. constellatio.]

  2. Constellationnoun

    an assemblage of splendors or excellences

    Etymology: [F. constellation, L. constellatio.]

  3. Constellationnoun

    fortune; fate; destiny

    Etymology: [F. constellation, L. constellatio.]

Freebase

  1. Constellation

    In modern astronomy, a constellation is an internationally defined area of the celestial sphere. These areas are grouped around asterisms, which are patterns formed by prominent stars within apparent proximity to one another on Earth's night sky. There are also numerous historical constellations not recognized by the IAU or constellations recognized in regional traditions of astronomy or astrology, such as Chinese, Hindu and Australian Aboriginal.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. constellation

    A number of like satellites that are part of a system. Satellites in a constellation generally have a similar orbit. For example, the Global Positioning System constellation consists of 24 satellites distributed in six orbital planes with similar eccentricities, altitudes, and inclinations. See also Global Positioning System.

Editors Contribution

  1. constellation

    A group of stars.

    The night sky constellations are so very beautiful.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 9, 2020  

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of constellation in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of constellation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of constellation in a Sentence

  1. Friedrich Nietzsche:

    Altered opinions do not alter a man's character (or do so very little); but they do illuminate individual aspects of the constellation of his personality which with a different constellation of opinions had hitherto remained dark and unrecognizable.

  2. Howard Koh:

    It is a whole constellation of conditions they have shown impacts life expectancy. It is not just medical conditions, but also the social drivers that appear to be at play, like income inequality and mental distress.

  3. Aaron Baggish:

    There's not a medication in the world that I know of that's going to treat that constellation of symptoms.

  4. Peter Arno:

    If you add up all these factors, you have a constellation of things that will make it very difficult for young people down the road, that's why Social Security is crucially important for both this generation and younger people. Joining forces between older folks in the boomer generation and the millennial generation offers a tremendous strategic opportunity to bolster the long-term stability of Social Security.

  5. James Garvin:

    You could use a constellation of cubesats that would light up at a certain time, if you flew thousands of them in the same formation that could illuminate every 90 minutes in low earth orbit.

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