Orion Constellation in Elite Dangerous

constellation is a group of stars that are visibly related to each other in a particular configuration seen from a planet. A constellation forms patterns and imaginary outlines of animals, mythological people and gods, creatures, or manufactured devices.[1]

The night sky as seen from Earth has accurate constellations.[2] David Braben said "So for those who've played it we've actually put in most of the earth centric constellations in the sky, but when you travel a little away they all distort, but more important we are bang in the middle of this dust. So your night sky is quite dark, but if you go say a hundred light years directly out of the galactic plane it’s a bit like poking up."[3]


You can select 'show constellations' on the Galaxy Map, zoom all the way in - and the constellations will be highlighted if you enable constellations in the map options.

You can identify every modern constellation in the sky while in the Sol system. All those stars can be visited as well.


The sky as seen from Earth is divided into 88 modern constellations. These are primarily based on asterisms of Greek and Roman mythology. Constellations of the zodiac are along the ecliptic.[4]

Name Meaning Brightest star
Andromeda Andromeda (The chained lady or the Princess) Alpheratz
Antlia air pump Alpha Antliae
Apus Bird-of-paradise/Exotic Bird/Extraordinary Bird Alpha Apodis
Aquarius water-bearer Sadalsuud
Aquila eagle Altair
Ara altar Beta Arae
Aries ram Hamal
Auriga charioteer Capella
Boötes herdsman Arcturus
Caelum chisel or graving tool Alpha Caeli
Camelopardalis giraffe Beta Camelopardalis
Cancer crab Tarf
Canes Venatici hunting dogs Cor Caroli
Canis Major greater dog Sirius
Canis Minor lesser dog Procyon
Capricornus sea goat Deneb Algedi
Carina keel Canopus
Cassiopeia Cassiopeia (mythological character) Shedir
Centaurus centaur Alpha Centauri
Cepheus Cepheus (mythological character) Alderamin
Cetus sea monster (later interpreted as a whale) Deneb Kaitos
Chamaeleon chameleon Alpha Chamaeleontis
Circinus compasses Alpha Circini
Columba dove Phact
Coma Berenices Berenice's hair Beta Comae Berenices
Corona Australis southern crown Alphekka Meridiana
Corona Borealis northern crown Alphecca
Corvus crow Gienah
Crater cup Labrum
Crux southern cross Acrux
Cygnus swan or Northern Cross Deneb
Delphinus dolphin Rotanev
Dorado dolphinfish Alpha Doradus
Draco dragon Etamin
Equuleus pony Kitalpha
Eridanus river Eridanus (mythology) Achernar
Fornax chemical furnace Fornacis
Gemini twins Pollux
Grus Crane Alnair
Hercules Hercules (mythological character) Kornephoros
Horologium pendulum clock Alpha Horologii
Hydra Hydra (mythological creature) Alphard
Hydrus lesser water snake Beta Hydri
Indus Indian (of unspecified type) The Persian
Lacerta lizard Alpha Lacertae
Leo lion Regulus
Leo Minor lesser lion Praecipua
Lepus hare Arneb
Libra balance Zubeneshamali
Lupus wolf Men
Lynx lynx Elvashak
Lyra lyre / harp Vega
Mensa Table Mountain (South Africa) Alpha Mensae
Microscopium microscope Gamma Microscopii
Monoceros unicorn Beta Monocerotis
Musca fly Alpha Muscae
Norma carpenter's level Gamma2 Normae
Octans octant (instrument) ν Octantis
Ophiuchus serpent-bearer Rasalhague
Orion Orion (mythological character) Rigel
Pavo peacock Peacock
Pegasus Pegasus (mythological winged horse) Enif
Perseus Perseus (mythological character) Mirfak
Phoenix phoenix Ankaa
Pictor easel Alpha Pictoris
Pisces fishes Alpherg
Piscis Austrinus southern fish Fomalhaut
Puppis poop deck Naos
Pyxis mariner's compass Alpha Pyxidis
Reticulum eyepiece graticule Alpha Reticuli
Sagitta arrow Gamma Sagittae
Sagittarius archer Kaus Australis
Scorpius scorpion Antares
Sculptor sculptor Alpha Sculptoris
Scutum shield (of Sobieski) Alpha Scuti
Serpens snake Unukalhai
Sextans sextant Alpha Sextantis
Taurus bull Aldebaran
Telescopium telescope Alpha Telescopii
Triangulum triangle Beta Trianguli
Triangulum Australe southern triangle Atria
Tucana toucan Alpha Tucanae
Ursa Major great bear Alioth
Ursa Minor lesser bear Polaris
Vela sails Regor
Virgo virgin or maiden Spica
Volans flying fish Beta Volantis
Vulpecula fox Anser



  1. "Definition of constellation in English:constellation". Oxford Dictionaries. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  2. Elite Dangerous: Our Galaxy
  3. My other car's a Cobra MKIII - Nordic Game 2014
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