How Well Do You Know the Constellations?
Every time you look into the night sky you see constellations. How much do you know about these celebrities of the universe? Take this star-studded quiz to find out.
How many stars make up Orion?
Which organization provides official names for constellations?
- International Astronomical Union
- National Research Council
When did the first recorded instances of constellations in human history occur?
- around 2000 B.C.E.
- around 500 B.C.E.
- around 1100 B.C.E.
What is the most famous dark cloud constellation?
- Emu in the Sky
- Dark Horse Nebula
- Coalsack Nebula
What does the constellation name "Puppis" mean in English?
- poop deck
How many officially recognized constellations exist?
What is the brightest star in Cygnus?
Which constellation is part of the Zodiac Family?
The word "constellation" comes from a Latin word that means what?
- location of stars
- set of stars
- pattern of stars
Which constellation was named in the 1750s?
When do historians think the first star map may have appeared?
- 32,000 years ago
- 17,000 years ago
- 8,000 years ago
Argo Navis was deemed too large and divided into how many smaller constellations?
This constellation's name means "the princess" or "the chained lady."
What was one of the 12 constellations Petrus Plancius named?
Which bright star is in the Orion constellation?
The Phoenix constellation is part of which family?
What is the IAU's abbreviation for Cephus?
Cancer and Virgo lie adjacent to which constellation?
In English, which constellation's name means "carpenter's level"?
Which constellation appears in the center of the Summer Triangle?
What is the brightest star in the constellation Aries?
In Greek mythology Hercules crushed this animal, which is associated with the Cancer constellation.
What does the constellation Libra represent?
- balance scales
The constellation Sculptor was described by which astronomer?
- Nicolas Louis de La Caille
- Johannes Hevelius
- Petrus Plancius
Which constellation is located near the center of the Milky Way?
- Ursa Major
Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky, is in which constellation?
- Canis Major
- Ursa Major
Which constellation's English name is "the sea goat"?
A star pattern called the Big Dipper appears in which constellation?
What is the brightest star in the constellation Taurus?
- Alpha Pegasi
From Earth, the constellation Cassiopeia looks like what letter of the alphabet?