which constellation?!?!?

which constellation has the most stars in it?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Assuming stars are evenly distributed in every sector of the heavens, then it is a matter of which constellation has the biggest "area". The 88 constellations vary considerably in size from one another, Hydra (the largest) being 18.6 times as big as Crux, the smallest.

    In the table below the 88 constellations are ranked in terms of area, measured in square degrees, and in terms of the percentage of the celestial sphere they occupy. It is not entirely surprising to learn that Centaurus has more bright stars than others. It is the 9th biggest constellation by area!

    Constellation Area (sq. deg.) Percentage

    01...Hydra...1302.844...3.16%

    02...Virgo...1294.428...3.14%

    03...Ursa Major...1279.660...3.10%

    04...Cetus...1231.411...2.99%

    05...Hercules...1225.148...2.97%

    06...Eridanus...1137.919...2.76%

    07...Pegasus...1120.794...2.72%

    08...Draco...1082.952...2.63%

    09...Centaurus...1060.422...2.57%

    10...Aquarius...979.854...2.38%

    11...Ophiuchus...948.340...2.30%

    12...Leo...946.964...2.30%

    13...Boötes...906.831...2.20%

    14...Pisces...889.417...2.16%

    15...Sagittarius...867.432...2.10%

    16...Cygnus...803.983...1.95%

    17...Taurus...797.249...1.93%

    18...Camelopardalis...756.828...1.83%

    19...Andromeda...722.278...1.75%

    20...Puppis...673.434...1.63%

    21...Auriga...657.438...1.59%

    22...Aquila...652.473...1.58%

    23...Serpens...636.928...1.54%

    24...Perseus...614.997...1.49%

    25...Cassiopeia...598.407...1.45%

    26...Orion...594.120...1.44%

    27...Cepheus...587.787...1.42%

    28...Lynx...545.386...1.32%

    29...Libra...538.052...1.30%

    30...Gemini...513.761...1.25%

    31...Cancer...505.872...1.23%

    32...Vela...499.649...1.21%

    33...Scorpius...496.783...1.20%

    34...Carina...494.184...1.20%

    35...Monoceros...481.569...1.17%

    36...Sculptor...474.764...1.15%

    37...Phoenix...469.319...1.14%

    38...Canes Venatici...465.194...1.13%

    39...Aries...441.395...1.07%

    40...Capricornus...413.947...1.00%

    41...Fornax...397.502...0.96%

    42...Coma Berenices...386.475...0.94%

    43...Canis Major...380.118...0.92%

    44...Pavo...377.666...0.92%

    45...Grus...365.513...0.89%

    46...Lupus...333.683...0.81%

    47...Sextans...313.515...0.76%

    48...Tucana...294.557...0.71%

    49...Indus...294.006...0.71%

    50...Octans...291.045...0.71%

    51...Lepus...290.291...0.70%

    52...Lyra...286.476...0.69%

    53...Crater...282.398...0.68%

    54...Columba...270.184...0.65%

    55...Vulpecula...268.165...0.65%

    56...Ursa Minor...255.864...0.62%

    57...Telescopium...251.512...0.61%

    58...Horologium...248.885...0.60%

    59...Pictor...246.739...0.60%

    60...Piscis Austrinus...245.375...0.59%

    61...Hydrus...243.035...0.59%

    62...Antlia...238.901...0.58%

    63...Ara...237.057...0.57%

    64...Leo Minor...231.956...0.56%

    65...Pyxis...220.833...0.54%

    66...Microscopium...209.513...0.51%

    67...Apus...206.327...0.50%

    68...Lacerta...200.688...0.49%

    69...Delphinus...188.549...0.46%

    70...Corvus...183.801...0.45%

    71...Canis Minor...183.367...0.44%

    72...Dorado...179.173...0.43%

    73...Corona Borealis...178.710...0.43%

    74...Norma...165.290...0.40%

    75...Mensa...153.484...0.37%

    76...Volans...141.354...0.34%

    77...Musca...138.355...0.34%

    78...Triangulum...131.847...0.32%

    79...Chamaeleon...131.592...0.32%

    80...Corona Australis...127.696...0.31%

    81...Caelum...124.865...0.30%

    82...Reticulum...113.936...0.28%

    83...Triangulum Australe...109.978...0.27%

    84...Scutum...109.114...0.26%

    85...Circinus...93.353...0.23%

    86...Sagitta...79.932...0.19%

    87...Equuleus...71.641...0.17%

    88...Crux...68.447...0.17%

  • Brant
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    That really can't be answered because how do you determine your limiting magnitude? You could keep counting stars at fainter and fainter levels to the point of being meaningless. The number of stars you would see pictured in a constellation depends entirely on the degree of faintness your chart or photograph is going to reveal.

  • 1 decade ago

    ignoring Brant... (which is a hobby of mine) I think the best answer to this question is:

    "Centaurus contains over 100 visible stars (brighter than 5.5 magnitude)."

    and that's a lot!

    http://www.astro.wisc.edu/~dolan/constellations/ex...

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