Constellation vs Galaxy - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between constellation and galaxy

is that constellation is an arbitrary formation of stars perceived as a figure or pattern while galaxy is .

constellation

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • An arbitrary formation of stars perceived as a figure or pattern.
  • An image associated with a group of stars.
  • (astronomy) Any of the 88 officially recognized regions of the sky, including all stars and celestial bodies in the region.
  • (astrology) The configuration of planets at a given time (notably of birth), as used for determining a horoscope.
  • (figuratively) A wide, seemingly unlimited assortment.
  • * A constellation of possibilities.
  • * {{quote-book, year=2006, author=
  • , title=Internal Combustion , chapter=2 citation , passage=Throughout the 1500s, the populace roiled over a constellation of grievances of which the forest emerged as a key focal point. The popular late Middle Ages fictional character Robin Hood, dressed in green to symbolize the forest, dodged fines for forest offenses and stole from the rich to give to the poor. But his appeal was painfully real and embodied the struggle over wood.}}
  • A configuration or grouping.
  • * Your computer's software constellation helps you do your work faster.
  • Synonyms
    * (arbitrary formation of stars) asterism * See also

    Derived terms

    * constellatory

    See also

    * ("constellation" on Wikipedia) * asterism * ----

    galaxy

    English

    Noun

    (galaxies)
  • * 1633 , John Donne, "Sapho to Philænis":
  • So may thy cheekes red outweare scarlet dye, / And their white, whitenesse of the Galaxie [...].
  • (galaxy) Any of the collections of many millions of stars, galactic dust, black holes, etc. existing as independent and coherent systems, of which there are billions in the known universe.
  • Synonyms

    * (astronomy) G (abbreviation)

    Derived terms

    * active galaxy * dwarf galaxy * elliptical galaxy * extragalactic * galactic * galaxy cluster / cluster of galaxies * galaxy filament / filament of galaxies * galaxy nucleus * galaxy sheet / sheet of galaxies * galaxy wall / wall of galaxies * irregular galaxy * lenticular galaxy * spiral galaxy * whirlpool galaxy