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Created and illustrated By:
Angelo Romero and Camilo Sanabria
Astronomers have divided the sky into 88 official constellations. Many years ago, ancient people drew imaginary pictures in the sky out of the visible stars. These pictures formed by imaginary lines are called constellations.
Most of the constellations get their names from Greek mythology. One of the most famous constellations is Orion. The name Orion comes from the mighty hunter in Greek mythology.
Some of the easiest constellations to spot in the sky are the Big Dipper and the Little Dipper. Constellations can be used to help us locate stars.
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Ancient astronomers discovered that the same constellations appeared in a path that was always traced by the sun every year. This path was split up into 12 parts. The constellations in each of those twelve parts were named after animals.
The ancient Greeks called this belt of constellations the Zodiakos Kyklos, or “circle of animals,”also known as the Zodiac. These animal constellations make up the 12 Zodiac signs: Aquarius, Aries, Cancer, Capricorn, Gemni, Leo, Libra, Pisces, Sagittarius, Scorpio, Taurus and Virgo.
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The Zodiac is used by fortune tellers called astrologers to tell the fortunes of people according to the Zodiac sign of the period in a year they were born. However, it is very important that astrology and astrologers are not confused with the scientific astronomers and astronomy because they are very different things.
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1. What is the writer’s main idea?
2. What example supports the writer’s main idea?
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3. How does the example help the writer’s argument?
4. What do you think about the story?
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