Page last updated Dec 24, 2015|
Even the most nearly complete constellation page (that of Andromeda) has only an incomplete listing of stars and other objects of interest. It does have a fairly detailed map of my own devising, a discussion of the mythology behind the constellation, a list of and links to nearby constellations, and even historical maps of the constellation, so though incomplete, it does give an idea of what the rest of the constellation pages will offer when similarly complete.
Preliminary pages have been posted for all modern constellations and two former constellations using public-domain maps from Wikimedia Commons. You can move between constellation pages using the constellation tables below, links above each constellation map which list nearby constellations, or the arrows on either side of the constellation name in the title for its page.
Galaxies and Other Deep-Sky Objects
As of Dec 2015 I have been working on this Sky Atlas for nearly six years, and have posted close to 15000 images of several thousand NGC/IC objects, all of the Messier objects, a substantial number of Arp objects and de Vaucouleurs Atlas galaxies, and a smattering of Hickson Compact Groups. In addition, I have created an entry for every NGC/IC object, and have at least some information posted for the vast majority of the approximately 15000 entries; but only a thousand or so entries can be considered more or less complete, and even for those there is a possibility that the current entry is not truly "complete", because new or revised information is continually posted by various experts in the field. Given that, it will probably take at least another decade for me to complete this Atlas, so if there is a particular object or group of objects you would like to see completed sooner rather than later, please let me know (using the contact information in the banner at the top of this page), and I will try to oblige.
Links to the various Messier objects are shown at the bottom of this page. Links to all the other deep-sky objects and catalogs mentioned above are shown just below the Table of Contents title near the top of this page.
Officially Recognized Constellations
Former (abandoned or rejected) Constellations
(Most of these are listed only because they are in Wikipedia, and will be deleted or moved)
Antinous / Apis / Argo Navis / Cancer Minor / Cerberus / Custos Messium / Felis
Frederici Honores / Gallus / Globus Aerostaticus / Jordanus / Lilium / Lochium Funis
Machina Electrica / Malus / Mons Maenalus / Musca Borealis / Noctua / Officina Typographica
Phoenicopterus / Polophylax / Psalterium Georgii / Quadrans Muralis / Ramus Pomifer
Robur Carolinum / Sceptrum Brandenburgium / Sceptrum et Manus Iustitiae / Solarium
Tarandus vel Rangifer / Taurus Poniatovii / Telescopium Herschelii / Testudo / Tigris
Triangulum Minor / Turdus Solitarius / Vespa
John Hill's "Constellations"
(Listed here because listed in Wikipedia, and soon to be deleted or moved)
(Wikipedia also blames Hill for Anguilla and Patella, but that appears to be incorrect)
Aranea / Bufo / Dentalium / Gryphites / Hippocampus / Hirudo
Limax / Lumbricus / Manis / Pinna Marina / Scarabaeus / Testudo / Uranoscopus
The "type" names link to pages showing all Messier objects of that type. The numbers link to that particular Messier object.
Nebulae: M1, M8, M16, M17, M20, M27, M42, M43, M57, M76, M78, M97
Open Clusters: M6, M7, M11, M16, M18, M21, M23, M24, M25, M26, M29, M34, M35, M36, M37, M38, M39, M40, M41, M44, M45, M46, M47, M48, M50, M52, M67, M73, M93, M103
Globular Clusters: M2, M3, M4, M5, M9, M10, M12, M13, M14, M15, M19, M22, M28, M30, M53, M54, M55, M56, M62, M68, M69, M70, M71, M72, M75, M79, M80, M92, M107
Galaxies: M31, M32, M33, M49, M51, M58, M59, M60, M61, M63, M64, M65, M66, M74, M77, M81, M82, M83, M84, M85, M86, M87, M88, M89, M90, M91, M94, M95, M96, M98, M99, M100, M101, M102, M104, M105, M106, M108, M109, M110