Alternate Constellations

Announcement 16 Feb 2022

The Alternate Constellations Observing Program has been split into Silver and Gold Levels.  Links have also been added to help you find more information on the various cultural and obsolete constellations.  Those members who have already earned the certification have received the Gold Level.  Only the 40 observations of Obsolete Constellations are required for the Silver Level. For full details check out their updated web page:


All media below was either free (available on the Web, or at my local library) or below $10.00:
  • They Dance in the Sky -Native American Star Myths, Jean G. Monroe and Ray Williamson
  • Living in the Sky; The Cosmos of the American Indian, Ray A. Williamson
  • A Walk Through the Southern Sky, Milton D. Heifetz and Wil Tirion
  • Star Names; Their Lore and Meaning, Richard Hinckley Allen
  • Stars of the First People; Native American Star Myths and Constellations, Dorcas S. Miller
  • The New Patterns in the Sky: Myths and Legends of the Stars, Julius D.W. Staal
  • Calendars and Constellations of the Ancient World, Emmeline Plunket
  • Cherokee Astrology – Animal Medicine in the Stars, Raven Hail
  • Stories in the Stars, Susanna Hislop
  • Celestial Charts: Antique Maps of the Heavens, Carole Stott
  • The Modern Scholar: Heavens Above: Stars, Constellations, and the Sky, James B. Kaler
  • The Lost Universe: Pawnee Life and Culture, Gene Weltfish
  • “Ancient Skies – Episode One: Gods and Monsters” is a DVD that includes a look at how the ancestors saw the skies
  • Out of This World: The Golden Age of the Celestial Atlas
  • Wikipedia has several items on both obsolete constellations and those of other cultures
  • Figures in the Sky has a great interactive visualization tool for selected stars and figures as seen by other cultures.
  • Stairways to the Stars: Skywatching in Three Great Ancient Cultures, Anthony Aveni
  • Googling any of the Other Cultures will provide information and documentation sufficient for this program – include the URL of the sites you use (e.g.