The Constellations: Definition & Name Origins


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An ancient constellation is:

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1. A modern constellation is:

2. A circumpolar constellation is:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

There are many types of constellations in the night sky, and this quiz/worksheet combo will test your understanding of the vocabulary related to them. Some vocabulary terms you'll be assessed on include modern constellation, asterism, and ancient constellation.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the definitions of:

  • Asterism
  • Modern constellation
  • The Big Dipper
  • Circumpolar constellation
  • Ancient constellation

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the constellations
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms, such as asterism and The Big Dipper
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding ancient constellations
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about several types of constellations

Additional Learning

To learn more about these groups of stars, review the accompanying lesson called The Constellations: Definition & Name Origins. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • How many constellations are officially recognized today
  • What constellation Mars is found in
  • Another name for the Ursa Major constellation