Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains the Constellations

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What are the constellations supposed to look like? On this explainer, Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Chuck Nice gaze up at the constellations that surround our world. Who made the constellations?

We break down the mythologies and methods used to paint these shapes in the sky. Are some constellations more accurate than others? Neil gives his take on which constellations are the most accurate and why Pegasus is anatomically incorrect. Discover Abbé Nicolas-Louis de Lacaille and his mission to map the sky of the southern hemisphere for the north. What constellations did he invent? All that, plus, we roast the constellations for their inaccuracy and ask: why is there no reverse centaur?

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