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Asterism   Listen

(mineralogy) a star-shaped figure with six rays that is seen in some crystal structures under reflected or transmitted light.
(astronomy) a cluster of stars (or a small constellation).

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"Asterism" Quotes from Famous Books

... the name of the ninth Nakshatra or lunar asterism personified as a daughter of Daksha, and the favourite wife of the Moon. Aldebaran is the principal ...
— The Ramayana • VALMIKI

... undoubtedly an Amonian colony, had this appellation. A people in Elis had the same. The Poets described the constellation of Helice, or the Bear, by the title of Parrhasis, Arctos, and Parrhasis Ursa. This asterism was confessedly first taken notice of by Perez or Perseus, by which is meant ...
— A New System; or, an Analysis of Antient Mythology. Volume II. (of VI.) • Jacob Bryant

Words linked to "Asterism" :   big dipper, Charles's Wain, constellation, dipper, uranology, star, plough, natural object, Little Dipper, wain, mineralogy, astronomy, wagon

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