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Encyclopedia > Testudo (constellation)

Testudo (Latin for turtle) was a constellation located between the constellations of Cetus and Pisces. The origin of the constellation is unknown and it is no longer recognized. Latin is the language originally spoken in the region around Rome called Latium. ... Orion is a remarkable constellation, visible from most places on the globe (but not always the whole year long). ... Cetus (a name from Greek mythology, referring to a Whale or Sea monster) is a constellation of the southern sky, in the region known as the Water, near other watery constellations like Aquarius, Pisces, and Eridanus. ... Pisces (♓, Latin for fish (plural)) is a zodiac constellation which lies between Aquarius to the west and Aries to the east. ...


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Constellation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1006 words)
The constellation boundaries were drawn up by Eugène Delporte in 1930, and he drew them along vertical and horizontal lines of right ascension and declination.
The grouping of stars into constellations is essentially arbitrary, and different cultures have had different constellations, although a few of the more obvious ones tend to recur frequently, e.g., Orion and Scorpius.
Twelve of the constellations in the southern celestial hemisphere were not observable by the Greeks, and were created by Dutch navigators Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman in the sixteenth century and first cataloged by Johann Bayer.
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