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Constellations and Major Stars

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Aldebaran
A very bright, red star in the constellation Taurus.
Arcturus
A bright orange star in the constellation Bootes.
Asterism
A small group of stars.
Astrolabe
Instrument used by the early astronomers and navigators to measure the angles of celestial bodies above the horizon.
Betelgeuse
A supergiant red star located in the constellation Orion.
Bootes
A constellation known as herdsman.
Cassiopeoia
A constellation representing a giant W or M.
Hyades
A cluster of stars in the face of the constellation Taurus the Bull.
Latitude
Angular distance north or south of the earth's equator measured in degrees.
Orion
The constellation known as the Great Hunter.
Polaris
The North Star located in the constellation Ursa Minor.
Rigel
A blue supergiant star located in the constellation Orion.
Sextant
Instrument which replaced the astrolabe for measuring the angular distances of celestial bodies above the horizon.
Taurus
Constellation known as the Bull.
Ursa Major
The Great Bear constellation which contains the Big Dipper.
Ursa Minor
The Little Bear which contains the Little Dipper.