Animal constellations in the night sky. How many are there?

There are 42 animal constellations in the night sky.

That is almost half of the official 88 constellations!

Here are the other types of constellations you will find in the celestial sphere. This is a fun activity for kids astronomy!

There are 42 animal constellations, 28 objects, 14 humans, 2 chimeras (a mix of human and animal), and 2 natural features (a river and a mesa).

Constellations are of many types. There are 42 animal constellations, 28 objects, 14 human constellations, 2 chimeras, and 2 natural features
88 official constellations broken down into 5 groups: 42 animals, 28 objects, 14 humans, 2 chimeras, and 2 natural features.

The 88 constellations listed by type:

AnimalApusBird of Paradise
AquilaEagle
AriesRam
CamelopardusGiraffe
CancerCrab
Canes VenaticiHunting dogs
Canis MajorBig dog
Canis MinorLittle dog
CapricornusSea goat
CetusSea monster (whale)
ChamaeleonChameleon
ColumbaDove
CorvusCrow
CygnusSwan
DelphinusPorpoise
DoradoSwordfish
DracoDragon
EquuleusLittle horse
GrusCrane
HydraSea serpent
HydrusWater snake
LacertaLizard
LeoLion
Leo MinorLittle lion
LepusHare
LupusWolf
LynxLynx
MonocerosUnicorn
MuscaFly
PavoPeacock
PegasusPegasus, the winged horse
PhoenixPhoenix
PiscesFishes
Piscis AustrinisSouthern fish
ScorpiusScorpion
SerpensSerpent
TaurusBull
TucanaToucan
Ursa MajorBig bear
Ursa MinorLittle bear
VolansFlying fish
VulpeculaFox
ChimeraCentaurusCentaur
SagittariusArcher
HumanAndromedaPrincess of Ethiopia
AquariusWater bearer
AurigaCharioteer
BootesHerdsman
CassiopeiaQueen of Ethiopia
CephusKing of Ethiopia
Coma BerenicesBerenice’s hair
GeminiTwins
HerculesHercules, son of Zeus
IndusIndian
OphiuchusHolder of serpent
OrionOrion, the hunter
Perseus
Perseus, hero who saved Andromeda
VirgoVirgin
Natural FeatureEridanusRiver
MensaTable mountain
ObjectAntliaAir pump
AraAltar
CaelumGraving tool
CarinaKeel of Argonauts’ ship
CircinusCompasses
Corona AustralisSouthern crown
Corona BorealisNorthern crown
CraterCup
CruxCross (southern)
FornaxFurnace
HorologiumClock
LibraBalance
LyraLyre or harp
MicroscopiumMicroscope
NormaCarpenter’s Level
OctansOctant
PictorEasel
PuppisStern of the Argonauts’ ship
Pyxis (=Malus)Compass on the Argonauts’ ship
ReticulumNet
SagittaArrow
SculptorSculptor’s tools
ScutumShield
SextansSextant
TelescopiumTelescope
TriangulumTriangle
Triangulum AustraleSouthern triangle
VelaSail of the Argonauts’ ship

 

2 Replies to “Animal constellations in the night sky. How many are there?”

  1. Learned something new today, didn’t know there were 88 constellations. Thanks Dan!

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