Why we turn stars into constellations

The night sky is not a blank slate onto which we may draw forth our wildest imaginings.

The stars' splattered appearance throughout the sky encourages us to make certain pattern recognition assumptions.

Constellations have been used as maps, canvases for narrative, calendars for seasonal changes, and charts for knowledge and significance.

The brightest stars are clustered in very similar constellations throughout civilizations that never interacted.

Orion chases the Pleiades throughout the night as the Earth rotates.

These voids are commonly used as guides for tracing what are known as dark constellations in the Southern Hemisphere.

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