Why do constellations have such strange names?
What are the origins of the names of the constellations? And are the stars that compose them in some way astronomically related or are they just the products of human fancy, imaginatively joining up the dots?
As far as I know, most constellations were named after greek and roman sources. I'm not sure if it's because they were first discovered by those societies or if it was a system established by a later society. But, I'm pretty sure that stars in a constellation have no relation, other than the shape they make. In reality, those stars are ridiculously far apart. But, by drawing shapes and giving them a label, we made it possible for every day people (and future generations) to map out the night sky and find common points of reference.
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