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Explore the constellations

Imagers who specialize in wide-field views provide superb images of the constellations.
In the April 2012 issue of Astronomy, I wrote what turned into an illustrated spread named “How the constellations came to be.” Because the story ran only two pages, we didn’t have room enough for large images of star patterns.

Therefore, I present to you nine great ones for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

Bill and Sally Fletcher

Aquila the Eagle

Aquila flies high across the Northern Hemisphere sky during summer and fall. Its brightest star, Altair (Alpha [α] Aquilae), is one of the three luminaries of the Summer Triangle.
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