Stars have been important to people in their daily lives, since the time history was first recorded. The stars helped the ancient people in making plans of planting their crops, guiding navigators and also as a way of telling time. Lots of wonder and mystery was linked with the stars.
Astrology and Astronomy were twin sciences that developed side by side. Initially, astrology was the more significant of the two. However, in modern era, the science of astronomy has proved categorically that astrology (while based on sound astronomical theories) is worthless when it comes to analyzing personalities and foretelling the future. However, many people today still continue to believe in astrology, thereby making astrology a lucrative business for some.
Here is some information about the 12 zodiac constellation: To begin with, a constellation can be defined as a group of stars that form a pattern in the night sky. The zodiac is the band or belt of constellations through which the Sun, Moon, and planets seem to transit across the sky.
The 12 zodiac signs have 4 chief categories, namely:
Fire–Aries, Leo and Sagittarius;
Air–Gemini, Libra and Aquarius,
Water–Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces,
A general description about the zodiac constellations:
Aries is the first amongst the 12 Zodiacal Constellations and marks the beginning of spring. Aries can be best viewed in the night sky during the month of November. Aries does not have major deep sky objects. It only has a few stars of interest, particularly the triangle made up of the main stars in the constellation.
Taurus lies along the winter Milky Way. Hence, it contains many objects, mostly primarily open clusters. Taurus is an Autumn constellation and it can be best observed in the night sky during the month of December.
Gemini is a fine open cluster that can be easily seen in binoculars and shining with stars through a telescope. Gemini is a winter constellation and is best viewed during night in the month of January.
The zodiacal Constellation of Cancer is a bright and open cluster that can be easily seen with the naked eye from a dark sky location. Cancer is a Winter Constellation, and can be best seen in the night sky in February.
The galaxy of Leo is comparatively large and bright and has a brilliant center and a stellar core. Leo is a Winter Constellation and can be viewed at night, in the month of March. Leo is situated at such a great distance from the Milky Way that we cannot gaze into extragalactic space.
Virgo is a Spring Constellation that can be best viewed during the month of April. This is one of the best showpiece objects in the sky.
Libra is a Spring Constellation that is best seen in the night sky during the month of May.
Scorpio is a Spring Constellation and can be best seen in the night sky in June. Scorpio is a large and extensive constellation, which lies near the Milky Way. It holds many bright, open and globular star clusters.
Sagittarius is a Summer Constellation. It can be best viewed in the night sky, during the month July. Like all the other constellations, Sagittarius too can be best seen in a dark sky, outside the city. However, because its stars are fairly bright, one can make out the basic shape even when the moon is up
Capricorn is a summer Constellation and it can be best viewed in the night sky during the month of August.
Aquarius is a Summer Constellation. It can be best viewed in the night sky, during September. Like Capricorn, Aquarius also lies away from the main body of the Milky Way. It mostly contains dim galaxies with only a few star clusters and nebulae.
Pisces is an Autumn Constellation which can be best viewed in the night sky during October. Pisces contains just a few bright stars.
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