Redefining Constellations & Asterisms

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Show Me the Asterisms!  The ET's Are on the Line!

This is why you are here.  The ET’s demand new asterisms from you, and here I supply them.  I present the 29 primary asterisms.  There are 80, but only the most interesting are shown here.  The asterisms are numbered from 01 to 80, based on the declinations of their centers.  They are shown as they would be seen from their respective hemispheres crossing the meridian from east to west.  The asterisms are not drawn to scale – the larger and the smaller asterisms are all shown in equal size.

The pages show:

  • The asterism number & archetype title(s)
  • The stars, with a sketch illustrating the archetype
  • The equator or ecliptic, if it passes through the asterism
  • An explanation of the archetype
  • The number of stars contributed from each of the current 88 constellations
  • The right ascensions and declinations of the asterism centers
  • The names of any stars with magnitudes 2.0 or brighter

Be prepared.  I am challenging your preconceptions about constellations.

Joseph Schreiner

The New Asterisms
Fish - #9 Bird - #13 Radio/Television Tower - #15
House; Domicile - #16 Octopus - #22 Grain; Bread - #24
Flower; Pollination - #25 Monkey; Primate - #30 Combat; Conquest - #31
Smith; Metal Working - #33 Book; Writing - #36 Ant; Insect - #37
Gun - #40 City; Civilization - #48 Love; Affection - #59
Itinerant; Migration - #60 Sailing; Navigation - #61 Coin; Money - #62
Airplane; Aeronautics - #64 Farmer; Agriculture - #65 Computer - #66
Friends; Friendship - #69 Horse and Rider - #70 Observatory; Astronomy - #72
Automobile - #74 Family - #75 Factory; Industrialization - #77
Tree - #78 Human Being - #79