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  • 12 Jul 2013

    Behind the Constellations

    The Roman astronomer Ptolemy identified 48 constellations in the Almagest around 150 AD. Today, there are 88 on the official list of the International Astronomical Union. Since the days of ancient civilizations (think Homer, the pyramids, etc.), people have been watching the stars and telling stories about them. As a result, there are many varying and contradictory myths for different clusters of stars.

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