TABLE: The Constellations

The Latin names and meanings of the official 88 constellations are given below. The original 48 constellations of Ptolemy are indicated with an asterisk *. Ptolemy's constellation Argo the Boat was later divided into three parts (Carina, Puppis, and Vela, which are noted).

Latin Name Meaning
Andromeda Daughter of Cassiopeia
Antlia The Air Pump
Apus Bird of Paradise
Aquarius The Water-Bearer
Aquila The Eagle
Ara * The Altar
Aries The Ram
Auriga The Charioteer
Boötes The Herdsman
Caelum The Chisel
Camelopardalis The Giraffe
Cancer * The Crab
Canes Venatici The Hunting Dogs
Canis Major * The Big Dog
Canis Minor * The Little Dog
Capricornus * The Goat
Carina * The Keel (of Argo)
Cassiopeia The Queen
Centaurus The Centaur
Cepheus The King
Cetus * The Whale
Chamaeleon The Chameleon
Circinus The Compasses
Columba The Dove
Coma Berenices Berenice's Hair
Corona Australis The Southern Crown
Corona Borealis The Northern Crown
Corvus The Crow
Crater The Cup
Crux The Cross
Cygnus * The Swan
Delphinus The Dolphin
Dorado The Swordfish
Draco The Dragon
Equuleus The Little Horse
Eridanus The River
Fornax The Furnace
Gemini The Twins
Grus The Crane (bird)
Hercules The Son of Zeus
Horologium The Clock
Hydra The Water Snake (female)
Hydrus The Water Snake (male)
Indus The Indian (American)
Lacerta The Lizard
Leo * The Lion
Leo Minor The Little Lion
Lepus The Hare
Libra The Balance
Lupus The Wolf
Lynx The Lynx
Lyra The Lyre
Mensa The Table
Microscopium The Microscope
Monoceros The Unicorn
Musca The Fly
Norma The Square
Octans The Octant
Ophiuchus The Serpent-Bearer
Orion The Hunter
Pavo The Peacock
Pegasus The Winged Horse
Perseus Rescuer of Andromeda
Phoenix The Phoenix
Pictor The Painter
Pisces The Fishes
Piscis Austrinus The Southern Fish
Puppis The Stern (of Argo)
Pyxis The Compass
Reticulum The Reticle
Sagitta * The Arrow
Sagittarius The Archer
Scorpius The Scorpion
Sculptor The Sculptor
Scutum The Shield
Serpens The Serpent
Sextans The Sextant
Taurus The Bull
Telescopium The Telescope
Triangulum * The Triangle
Triangulum Australe The Southern Triangle
Tucana The Toucan
Ursa Major * The Great Bear
Ursa Minor * The Little Bear
Vela The Sails (of Argo)
Virgo The Maiden
Volans The Flying Fish
Vulpecula The Fox