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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 facing North

Summer Sky: Northern Hemisphere facing North

Summer Sky: Northern hemisphere facing South

Summer Sky: northern hemisphere facing South

Winter Sky: Northern hemisphere facing North

Winter Sky: Northern hemisphere facing North

Winter Sky: Northern hemisphere facing South

Winter Sky: Northern hemisphere facing South

Popular Constellations and the dates when they are visible from the U.K.

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: All Year

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 type.

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 children.

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 Year

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 - November

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 - March

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'. Visible:All Year

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 - December

Aries (Ram) March 21 - April 20 August - March

Cancer (Crab) June 22 - July 23 December - June

Capricornus (Sea Goat) December 23 - January 20 July - November

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 - September

Scorpius (Scorpion) October 23 - November 22 June - August

Taurus (Bull) April 21 - May 20 October - May

Virgo (Virgin) August 24 - September 23 April - July

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