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What constellation is our solar system in?


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Ed,

Constellations are really human inventions; our way of describing patterns in the night sky as seen from Earth. As such, the solar system is not really a part of any constellation since our place is the origin, the viewing point of all these patterns, constellations.

Greg (Roberto Gregorius)


The Solar System is in no constellation. However, due to the Earth's orbital motion around the Sun, the Sun travels through 13 constellations throughout the year. These are (from the northern Vernal Equinox, 21st March); Pisces, Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpius (its proper name), Ophiuchus, Sagittarius, Capricornus (again, its proper name), and finally, Aquarius.

The planets travel past these constellations as well, but at various speeds (their own orbital motions) and different temporary directions (S bends or 'looping the loop') caused by the Earth's own movement in relation to the planet concerned.

Howard Barnes.
Astronomer.



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