Constellation Names

Constellation names, like the names of stars, come from a variety of sources and each has a different story and meaning behind it. The names of ancient constellations mostly come from Greek and Roman mythology, while most of the constellations created more recently were named after scientific instruments and exotic animals. The 88 constellation names and their meanings are listed below.

Constellation Description Location
Andromeda Princess Northern
Antlia Pump Southern
Apus Bird of Paradise South Polar
Aquarius Water Bearer Equitorial
Aquila Eagle Equitorial
Ara Altar Southern
Aries Ram Southern
Auriga Charioteer Northern
Bootes Herdsman Northern
Caelum Chisel Southern
Camelopardalis Giraffe North Polar
Cancer Crab Equitorial
Canes Venatici Hunting Dogs Northern
Canis Major Large Dog Equitorial
Canis Minor Small Dog Equitorial
Capricornus Sea Goat Equitorial
Carina Keel South Polar
Cassiopeia Queen North Polar
Centaurus Centaur Southern
Cepheus King North Polar
Cetus Whale Equitorial
Chamaeleon Chamaeleon South Polar
Circinus Compasses South Polar
Columba Dove Southern
Coma Berenices Berenice's Hair Equitorial
Corona Australis Southern Crown Southern
Corona Borealis Northern Crown Northern
Corvus Crow Equitorial
Crater Cup Equitorial
Crux Southern Cross South Polar
Cygnus Swan Northern
Delphinus Dolphin Equitorial
Dorado Goldfish Southern
Draco Dragon North Polar
Equuleus Colt Equitorial
Eridanus River Southern
Fornax Furnace Southern
Gemini Twins Equitorial
Grus Crane Southern
Hercules Champion Northern
Horologium Pendulum Southern
Hydra Sea Serpent Equitorial
Hydrus Serpent South Polar
Indus Indian Southern
Lacerta Lizard Northern
Leo Lion Northern
Leo Minor Little Lion Northern
Lepus Rabbit Equitorial
Libra Scales Equitorial
Lupus Wolf Southern
Lynx Cat Northern
Lyra Harp Northern
Mensa Table Mountain South Polar
Microscopium Microscope Southern
Monoceros Unicorn Equitorial
Musca Fly South Polar
Norma Carpenter's Square Southern
Octans Octant South Polar
Ophiuchus Serpent Bearer Equitorial
Orion Hunter Equitorial
Pavo Peacock South Polar
Pegasus Winged Horse Equitorial
Perseus Hero Northern
Phoenix Fire Bird Southern
Pictor Painter's Easel Southern
Pisces Fishes Equitorial
Piscis Austrinus Southern Fish Southern
Puppis Stern of Ship Southern
Pyxis Ship's Compass Southern
Reticulum Net Southern
Sagitta Arrow Equitorial
Sagittarius Archer Southern
Scorpius Scorpion Southern
Sculptor Sculptor Southern
Scutum Shield Equitorial
Serpens Serpent Equitorial
Sextans Sextant Equitorial
Taurus Bull Equitorial
Telescopium Telescope Southern
Triangulum Triangle Northern
Triangulum Australe Southern Triangle Southern
Tucana Toucan South Polar
Ursa Major Big Bear Northern
Ursa Minor Little Bear North Polar
Vela Sails Southern
Virgo Virgin Equitorial
Volans Flying Fish Southern
Vulpecula Little Fox Equitorial