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How Well Do You Know the Constellations?
by Staff
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?

  • six
  • seven
  • eight

Which organization provides official names for constellations?

  • NASA
  • 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?

  • peacock
  • poop deck
  • puppies

How many officially recognized constellations exist?

  • 88
  • 74
  • 92

What is the brightest star in Cygnus?

  • Shedir
  • Phact
  • Deneb

Which constellation is part of the Zodiac Family?

  • Leo Minor
  • Pisces
  • Sagitta

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?

  • Telescopium
  • Vela
  • Pavo

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?

  • four
  • three
  • two

This constellation's name means "the princess" or "the chained lady."

  • Andromeda
  • Ara
  • Aquila

What was one of the 12 constellations Petrus Plancius named?

  • Apus
  • Dorado
  • Fornax

Which bright star is in the Orion constellation?

  • Betelgeuse
  • Arneb
  • Peacock

The Phoenix constellation is part of which family?

  • Zodiac
  • La Caille
  • Bayer

What is the IAU's abbreviation for Cephus?

  • Cep
  • Ceu
  • Ceh

Cancer and Virgo lie adjacent to which constellation?

  • Leo
  • Pisces
  • Scorpius

In English, which constellation's name means "carpenter's level"?

  • Musca
  • Indus
  • Norma

Which constellation appears in the center of the Summer Triangle?

  • Vulpecula
  • Triangulum
  • Reticulum

What is the brightest star in the constellation Aries?

  • Vega
  • Hamal
  • Mirfak

In Greek mythology Hercules crushed this animal, which is associated with the Cancer constellation.

  • crab
  • scorpion
  • ram

What does the constellation Libra represent?

  • balance scales
  • waterfalls
  • books

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?

  • Sagittarius
  • Ursa Major
  • Scorpius

Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky, is in which constellation?

  • Scorpius
  • Canis Major
  • Ursa Major

Which constellation's English name is "the sea goat"?

  • Capricornus
  • Corvus
  • Cetus

A star pattern called the Big Dipper appears in which constellation?

  • Ursa Major
  • Virgo
  • Cygnus

What is the brightest star in the constellation Taurus?

  • Pollux
  • Aldebaran
  • Alpha Pegasi

From Earth, the constellation Cassiopeia looks like what letter of the alphabet?

  • x
  • w
  • y