How many star groups are there?

There are three types of star clusters: globular, open, and associations.

What are the 8 constellations families?


  • 1.1 Ursa Major Family.
  • 1.2 Zodiac.
  • 1.3 Perseus Family.
  • 1.4 Hercules Family.
  • 1.5 Orion Family.
  • 1.6 Heavenly Waters.
  • 1.7 Bayer Family.
  • 1.8 La Caille Family.

What are the groups of constellations?

Constellation Family

Family Members
Ursa Major 10 members 6,090 sq deg Boötes Camelopardalis Canes Venatici Coma Berenices Corona Borealis Draco Leo Minor Lynx Ursa Major Ursa Minor
Zodiac 12 members 8,684 sq deg Aquarius Aries Cancer Capricornus Gemini Leo Libra Pisces Sagittarius Scorpius Taurus Virgo

What are the five main groups of stars?

The Different Types of Stars

  • Protostar. A protostar is what comes before a star has formed – a collection of gas that collapsed from a huge molecular cloud.
  • T Tauri Stars.
  • Main Sequence Stars.
  • Red Giant Stars.
  • White Dwarf Stars.
  • Red Dwarf Stars.
  • Neutron Stars.
  • Supergiant Stars.

What is the difference between a constellation and a star cluster?

Star clusters are groups of stars that are connected – held together – by gravity. A constellation is a group of stars that appear to be close together in an imaginary outline or pattern, but they may actually be very far apart.

What is the largest constellation family?

Hercules Family Several of the constellations, including Hercules and Centaurus, are named for figures in the Heracles myth, while Lyra is the lyre of Orpheus. It is the largest constellation family, spanning from +60° down to –70°, mostly in the western hemisphere.

Is Orion and Hercules the same?

As is also the case with the mighty Hercules, the figure of Orion has been associated in virtually all-ancient cultures with great national heroes, warriors, or demigods. Yet, in contrast to Hercules, who was credited with a detailed series of exploits, Orion seems to us a vague and shadowy figure.

How are stars named?

Stars are named for the constellation that they lie in with the brightest star in a constellation being alpha and so on throught the greek alphabet. For example, Betelguese which is the brightest star in the constellation Orion, is also called Alpha Orionis.