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Constellations of the Zodiac
A photographic field guide

During the course of one year, the earth orbits around the sun. From the earth's point of view the sun appears to shift through a background of many different constellations. This apparent path of the sun is called ecliptic and the constellations along this path define the circle of the zodiac.

Visual - Deep
For every constellation there is a "deep" exposed image showing a wealth of faint stars under a dark sky. Furthermore a different "visual" image is presented showing only the brighter stars. This image, along with an included horizon, resembles much more the impression of the starry sky we have by naked eye.

Planets
The other planets do move in almost the same plane around the sun as the earth does. Therefore they are always visible close to the ecliptic, but are not fixed with respect to the stars. Planets appearing on the photos are mentioned below the image data.


Visual Mosaic

Aries, the ram Taurus, the bull Gemini, the twins

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Cancer, the crab Leo, the lion Virgo, the virgin

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Libra, the scales Scorpius, the scorpion Sagittarius, the archer

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Capricornus, the goat Aquarius, the water bearer Pisces, the fishes

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© all photographs taken by Till Credner, AlltheSky.com