Explore 16 constellations from Northern and Southern hemispheres. Two debossed sides present the constellation with and without connecting lines. Four printed sides feature the constellation symbol, name, hemisphere, and scale of magnitude. The night sky is great: so are these blocks.
See if you can spot the largest star in the constellation by sight and touch. You can see and feel all the different sized stars. And some of the constellation symbols you see on the blocks? They're entirely made up. Others are grounded in history. Can you tell which are which?
- 16 - 1.75 inch cubes
- Made using sustainable Midwestern basswood
- Printed with non-toxic, mouth safe inks
- 100% made in the USA
- Ages 2+
A constellation is an area on the celestial sphere in which a group of visible stars forms a perceived outline or pattern, typically representing an animal, mythological person or creature, or an inanimate object.
The origins of the earliest constellations likely go back to prehistory. People used them to relate stories of their beliefs, experiences, creation, or mythology. Different cultures and countries adopted their own constellations, some of which lasted into the early 20th century before today's constellations were internationally recognized. The recognition of constellations has changed significantly over time. Many have changed in size or shape. Some became popular, only to drop into obscurity. Others were limited to a single culture or nation.
The 48 traditional Western constellations are Greek. They are given in Aratus ' work Phenomena and Ptolemy 's Almagest, though their origin probably predates these works by several centuries. Constellations in the far southern sky were added from the 15th century until the mid-18th century when European explorers began traveling to the Southern Hemisphere. Twelve ancient constellations belong to the zodiac (straddling the ecliptic, which the Sun, Moon, and planets all traverse). The origins of the zodiac remain historically uncertain; its astrological divisions became prominent c. 400 BC in Babylonian or Chaldean astronomy.