Name A Star!
gift that's truly out of this world!
If you want to, you can choose
the constellation or
zodiac sign where you would like
to name a star. Make your choice suit the person concerned!
You might want to think of their personality, their job, the
interests, and hobbies, or their own talents. You don't HAVE
to choose. You can leave the choice blank on the order form.
There are myths and historical
stories connected with many of the constellations, as well
as the zodiac signs. Some just look like an animal. For example,
Lynx represents the spotted wild cat, a Lynx. You might want
to choose the sign of the zodiac for a person's birth time.
You might want to choose Hercules for a strong man! Or, lightheartedly,
Aquarius, the Water Carrier, for a plumber! (perhaps not!)
Just let your imagination run free.
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Below are views of the Northern
Hemisphere's night skies in Summer and Winter showing some
of the main constellations. Lists of the constellations
and zodiac signs with their dates
of visibility from the UK are listed below the star maps.
Summer Sky: Northern hemisphere
Sky: Northern hemisphere facing South
Winter Sky: Northern hemisphere
Winter Sky: Northern hemisphere
Constellations and the dates when they are visible from the
Andromeda (Princess) Chained to a rock as a sacrifice
to Cetus. Rescued by Perseus.Excellent choice for your girlfriend,
wife or daughter. Visible: All Year
Antlia (Air Pump) Named in honour of the inventor of
the Air Pump - ideal for scientists, innovators or entrepreneurs.
Visible: February - March
Aquila (Eagle) The magnificent eagle, said to represent
the god of all gods, Zeus. The epitome of grace & elegance.
Good choice for someone you admire. Visible: June - December
Auriga (Charioteer) Represents Ericthonius, one of
the original kings of Athens & a master charioteer - suitable
for clever, racing types. Visible: All Year
Boötes (Bear Driver) Represents Arcas, son of
Zeus & Callisto. Easily spotted as it contains Arcturus,
second brightest star in the northern sky. A fascinating constellation
with a wonderful story. Visible: February - October
Camelopardalis (Giraffe) In biblical times, led the
wedding procession of Rebecca to her sweetheart, Isaac. Also
known as the reindeer, which is rather a sweet Xmas choice.
Perfect for engagements, weddings, anniversaries and Christmas.
Visible: All Year
Canis Major (Greater Dog) Contains Sirius, the brightest
star in the entire sky - ideal for dog or animal lovers. Visible:
December - April
Canis Minor (Lesser Dog) Rises in the sky just before
his big brother, Sirius - great for children, dog or animal
lovers. Visible: December - May
Canis Venatici (Hunting Dogs) Based on the myth of
Arcas who was the son of Zeus and Castillo. A fascinating
constellation containing an elegant whirlpool galaxy. Visible:
Cassiopeia (Queen) The Beautiful and devoted wife of
King Cepheus and adoring mother of Andromeda. A wonderful
constellation that is ideal for mothers, wives and grandmothers
and suitable for all occasions. Visible: All Year
Cepheus (King of Ethiopia) Ruler of Jopa (Ethiopia)
with Queen Cassiopeia. A good caring and caring man. Ideal
for husbands, boyfriends, grandfathers. Visible: All Year
Cetus (Whale) The largest & most majestic mammal
on earth, who ruled the ancient seas - ideal for wildlife
lovers. Visible: September - February
Columba (Dove) Represents the dove that Noah sent out
to test whether the waters from the great flood had receded.
A new beginning - ideal for births & christenings. Visible:
January - February
Crater (Cup) Apollo asked Corvus the crow to get some
water from a spring. Today we ask the person for a beer. Great
choice for your partygoer. Visible: February - June
Cygnus (Swan) A wonderful constellation with many mythological
stories. A peaceful serene creature. Ideal for christenings
and memorials. Visible: All Year
Delphinus (Dolphin) Based upon Arion, one of the greatest
musicians in Greece. Visible all year and great for the musical
Draco (Dragon) The dragon slain by Hercules according
to one myth. One of the most popular characters in Greek mythology.
For the powerful dominant person. Visible: All Year
Equuilius (Foal) A lovely little constellation with
some fascinating features. It's meaning is great for young
Eridanus (River) Ideal for Star Trek & science
fiction enthusiasts. Contains "Epsilon Eri", the
star which the planet Vulcan supposedly revolves around. Visible:
November - February
Fornax (Furnace) Fornax was invented by Lacaille whilst
at the Cape of Good Hope. Great for the hot-bloodied type.
Visible: August - November
Hercules (Hero) Greek hero renowned for completing
the twelve tasks. Without doubt the most famous the Greek
heroes. Perfect for your husband, boyfriend, Fathers day and
all other occasions. Visible: March - November
Hydra (Water Snake) Largest constellation in the sky!
Immortalised after the legendary battles with Hercules. A
lady that possessed awesome powers. A definite choice for
the woman in your life. Visible: January - June
Lacerta (Lizard) Slightly mystical - contains the BL
Lac object, thought by many to be a quasar...perhaps! Ideal
for the silent, thoughtful & mystical type. Visible: All
Lepus (Hare) Appropriate for the amateur astronomer -
site of British astronomer J.R Hind's "Crimson star".
Visible: December - April
Lupus (Wolf) This constellation seems to have been
an unidentified animal, with Centaurus possibly offering this
animal as a sacrifice. Very mysterious! Visible: June - August
Lynx (Lynx) The spotted wild cat was seen as a god
in Egyptian mythology - ideal for outgoing, fun-loving teenagers.
Visible: All Year
Lyra (Lyre) Represents the instrument given by Apollo
to the great musician, Orpheus. A marvellous constellation
for the artistic type. Visible: All Year
Monoceros (Unicorn) Refers to the unicorn, a wonderfully
fascinating creature with alleged magical powers. Ideal for
animal lovers. Visible: December - April
Ophiuchus (Serpent Bearer) Represents the first &
greatest doctor, Aesculapius, skilled in conventional &
herbal medicine. Ideal for the caring and loving person. Visible:
April - July
Orion (Hunter) The hunter who boasted he could kill
any creature on Earth - fatally stung by a scorpion. A giant
of a man in more ways than one. A very famous mythological
character. Visible: November - April
Pegasus (Winged Horse) The mythical creature born from
the love of Neptune's tears. A beautiful creature. Ideal choice
for the one you love. Visible: July - February
Perseus (Hero) Heroically rescued & married Andromeda
from the clutches of the sea monster, Cetus. Suitable for
boyfriends and husbands. Visible: All Year
Puppis (The Stern) Based upon the story of Jason and
the Argonauts. As the name suggests it could be ideal for
the stern serious type. Visible January - April
Sagitta (Arrow) Appears to be an arrow shot from the
neighbouring constellation of Hercules. A small but interesting
constellation. Visible: July - November
Sculptor (Sculptor) It translates into the sculptors
workshop and is ideal for the handyman or DIY enthusiast.
Visible: September - November
Scutum (Shield) An interesting constellation containing
the 'wild duck cluster'. As the name suggests it could be
ideal for the guarded and cautious person. Visible: May -
Serpens (Snake) Cunning and wise the snake showed Ophiuchus
how to give man eternal life. Ideal for the clever and intelligent.
Visible: March - October
Tarandus (Reindeer) See Camelopardalis (Giraffe).
Triangulum (Triangle) Created by the Greek philosopher
and mathematician Pythagorus whose famous theory dealt with
the triangle. Ideal for the methodical thinker. Visible: August
Ursa Major (Great Bear) Also known as the 'plough'
or the 'big dipper' it is by far the most famous of all the
eighty eight constellations. Visible: All Year
Ursa Minor (Bear Cub) One of the most famous constellations
that represents the companion of Ursa Major 'the great bear'.
Vulpecula (Fox) Contains the LGM Pulsar, originally
thought to be a sign of extra terrestrial life - ideal for
the scientist or science fiction enthusiast. For your foxy
lady! Visible: June - November
The 12 signs of the Zodiac and the
dates when they are visible from the UK. (NOT the dates when
the Sun is in each sign!)
Aquarius (Water Carrier) January 21 - February 19 August
Aries (Ram) March 21 - April 20 August - March
Cancer (Crab) June 22 - July 23 December - June
Capricornus (Sea Goat) December 23 - January 20 July
Gemini (Twins) May 21 - June 21 November - June
Leo (Lion) July 24 - August 23 December - August
Libra (Scales) September 24 - October 22 May - August
Pisces (Fish) February 20 - March 20 September - December
Sagittarius (Archer) November 23 - December 22 July
Scorpius (Scorpion) October 23 - November 22 June -
Taurus (Bull) April 21 - May 20 October - May
Virgo (Virgin) August 24 - September 23 April - July