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Lore of the Constellations: Aquila the Eagle

4 Aug 2020, 17:10 UTC
Lore of the Constellations:  Aquila the Eagle
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Last season, we took a look at some of the more notable constellations that can be found in your seasonal Spring sky. We’re now in the season of Summer, so let’s take a deep dive into your favorite constellations you can now find from your very own backyard. You may have heard of the constellation Aquila the Eagle, but did you ever wonder why we recognize that batch of stars with that particular name? What is it named after? How long ago was this? Why is this eagle so special. Well, in these upcoming Lore videos, we’re going to explore how some of your favorite Summer constellations got their names.

Here we are in the season of Summer where we can find an asterism known as the Summer Triangle. An asterism is different from a constellation. A constellation is an officially recognized section of the sky whereas an asterism is a visually obvious collection of stars, an informal group of stars within the area of an official or defunct former constellation. Asterisms sometimes include stars from more than one constellation. For example, the Big Dipper is an asterism—it can be found within the constellation of Ursa Major, the Great Bear.

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