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A constellation consists of a cluster or group of fixed stars, or division of the heavens, designated in most cases by the name of an animal or of some mythological personage. As the stars in each group appear to be near each other in the heavens the name of each group represents its imaginary outline traced upon the heavens. In each of the constellations now recognized by astronomers (about 90 in number) the brightest stars, both named and unnamed, designated nearly in the order of brilliancy by the letters of the Greek alphabet; as, [alpha] Tauri (Aldebaran) is the first star of Taurus, [gamma] Orionis (Bellatrix) is the third star of Orion.

In Isaiah 13:10, translated "and their constellations" is literally "and the Orions thereof". The word is the rendering of the Hebrew kesil, i.e., fool, fleshy, fat suggestive of a foolish and arrogant giant. This was the Hebrew name of the constellation Orion (Job 9:9; 38:31), a constellation depicting Nimrod, the symbol of folly and impiety.

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