Constellations Pronunciations and Abbreviations

The International Astronomical Union designated 88 bounded areas of the sky known as constellations. The constellation names, genitive terms and abbreviations are International Astronomical Union standards. However pronunciations do vary.

The following recommendations are widely used even though there are other valid interpretations, particularly as to the meanings. If you use these you will understand and be understood.

Constellations Pronunciations and Abbreviations

CONSTELLATION PRONUNCIATION SIGNIFYING GENITIVE PRONUNCIATION ABBREVIATION
Andromedaan-DRAH-mih-duh the Chained MaidenAndromedaean-DRAH-mih-dee And
AntliaANT-lee-uhthe Air PumpAntlaeANT-lee-eeAnt
ApusAPP-usthe Bird of Paradise ApodisAPP-oh-dissAps
Aquariusuh-QUAIR-ee-usthe Water Bearer Aquariiuh-QUAIR-ee-eyeAqr
Aquilauh-QUILL-uhthe Eagle Aquilaeuh-QUILL-eeAql
AraAIR-uh, AR-uhthe Altar AraeAIR-ee, AR-eeAra
AriesAIR-eezthe Ram Arietisuh-RYE-ih-tissAri
Aurigaaw-RYE-guhthe Charioteer Aurigaeaw-RYE-gheeAur
Boötesbo-OH-teezthe Herdsman Boötisbo-OH-tissBoo
CaelumSEE-lumthe Engraving Tool CaeliSEE-lyeCae
Camelopardaliscuh-MEL-oh- PAR-duh-lissthe Giraffe Camelopardaliscuh-MEL-oh- PAR-duh-lissCam
CancerCAN-serthe Crab CancriCANG-cryCnc
Canes VenaticiCANE-eez ve-NAT-iss-eyethe Hunting Dogs Canum Venaticorum CANE-um ve-NAT-eye-COR-um CVn
Canis MajorCAN-iss MAY-jerthe Great Dog Canis MajorisCAN-iss muh-JOR-issCMa
Canis MinorCAN-iss MY-nerthe Lesser Dog Canis MinorisCAN-iss mih-NOR-issCMi
CapricornusCAP-rih-CORN-usthe Sea Goat CapricorniCAP-rih-CORN-eyeCap
Carinacuh-REE-nuhthe Keel Carinaecuh-REE-neeCar
CassiopeiaCASS-ee-uh-PEE-uhthe Seated Queen CassiopeiaeCASS-ee-uh-PEE-yeCas
Centaurus sen-TOR-usthe CentaurCentauri sen-TOR-eyeCen
Cepheus SEE-fee-usthe KingCepheiSEE-fee-eyeCep
CetusSEE-tusthe Sea Monster CetiSEE-tieCet
Chamaeleoncuh-MEAL-ee-unthe Chameleon Chamaeleontiscuh-MEAL-ee-ON-tissCha
CircinusSER-sin-usthe Compass CirciniSER-sin-eyeCir
Columbacuh-LUM-buhthe Dove Columbaecuh-LUM-bee Col
Coma BerenicesCOE-muh BER-uh-NICE-eezthe Bernice's Hair Comae BerenicesCOE-mee BER-uh-NICE-eezCom
Corona Australis cuh-ROE-nuh aw-STRAL-issthe Southern Crown Coronae Australis cuh-ROE-nee aw-STRAL-issCrA
Corona Borealiscuh-ROE-nuh bor-ee-AL-issthe Northern Crown Coronae Borealis cuh-ROE-nee bor-ee-AL-iss CrB
CorvusCOR-vusthe Crow CorviCOR-vyeCrv
CraterCRAY-terthe Cup Crateriscruh-TEE-rissCrt
CruxCRUCKS, CROOKSthe Southern Cross CrucisCROO-sissCru
CygnusSIG-nusthe Swan CygniSIG-nyeCyg
Delphinusdel-FIN-usthe Dolphin Delphinidel-FIN-eyeDel
Doradoduh-RAH-dothe Swordfish Doradusduh-RAH-dusDor
DracoDRAY-cothe Dragon Draconisdruh-CONE-issDra
Equuleuseh-QUOO-lee-usthe Little Horse Equuleieh-QUOO-lee-eyeEqu
Eridanusih-RID-un-usthe River Eridaniih-RID-un-eyeEri
FornaxFOR-naksthe Furnace Fornacisfor-NAY-sissFor
GeminiJEM-uh-nyethe Twins GeminorumJEM-uh-NOR-umGem
GrusGRUSSthe Crane GruisGROO-issGru
HerculesHER-kyuh-leezthe Hercules HerculisHER-kyuh-lissHer
Horologiumhor-uh-LOE-jee-umthe Clock Horologiihor-uh-LOE-jee-eyeHor
HydraHIGH-druhthe Female Water Snake HydraeHIGH-dreeHya
HydrusHIGH-drusthe Male Water Snake HydriHIGH-dryHyi
IndusIN-dusthe Indian IndiIN-dyeInd
Lacertaluh-SER-tuhthe Lizard Lacertaeluh-SER-teeLac
LeoLEE-ohthe Lion Leonislee-OH-nissLeo
Leo MinorLEE-oh MY-nerthe Lesser Lion Leonis Minorislee-OH-niss mih-NOR-issLMi
LepusLEP-usthe Hare LeporisLEP-or-issLep
LibraLEE-bruhthe Scales LibraeLYE-breeLib
LupusLOOP-usthe Wolf LupiLOOP-eyeLup
LynxLINKSthe Lynx LyncisLIN-sissLyn
LyraLYE-ruhthe LyreLyraeLYE-reeLyr
MensaMEN-suhthe Table Mountain MensaeMEN-seeMen
Microscopiummy-cruh-SCOPE-ee-umthe Microscope Microscopiimy-cruh-SCOPE-ee-eyeMic
Monocerosmuh-NAH-ser-usthe Unicorn Monocerotismuh-NAH-ser-OH-tissMon
MuscaMUSS-cuhthe Fly MuscaeMUSS-see, MUSS-keeMus
NormaNOR-muhthe Carpenter's Square NormaeNOR-meeNor
OctansOCK-tanzthe OctantOctantisock-TAN-tissOct
OphiuchusOAF-ee-YOO-kusthe Serpent Bearer OphiuchiOAF-ee-YOO-kyeOph
Orionoh-RYE-unthe Hunter Orionisor-eye-OH-nissOri
Pavo PAY-vothe Peacock Pavonispuh-VOE-nissPav
PegasusPEG-us-usthe Winged Horse PegasiPEG-us-eyePeg
PerseusPER-see-usthe Hero PerseiPER-see-eyePer
PhoenixFEE-nixthe PhoenixPhoenicisfuh-NICE-issPhe
PictorPICK-terthe Painter's Easel Pictorispick-TOR-issPic
PiscesPICE-eezthe Fishes PisciumPICE-ee-umPsc
Piscis AustrinusPICE-iss aw-STRY-nusthe Southern Fish Piscis AustriniPICE-iss aw-STRY-nyePsA
PuppisPUP-issthe Stern PuppisPUP-issPup
PyxisPIX-issthe CompassPyxidisPIX-ih-dissPyx
Reticulumrih-TICK-yuh-lumthe Reticule Reticulirih-TICK-yuh-lyeRet
Sagittasuh-JIT-uhthe Arrow Sagittaesuh-JIT-eeSge
SagittariusSAJ-ih-TARE-ee-usthe Archer SagittariiSAJ-ih-TARE-ee-eyeSgr
ScorpiusSCOR-pee-usthe Scorpion ScorpiiSCOR-pee-eyeSco
SculptorSCULP-terthe Sculptor Sculptorissculp-TOR-issScl
ScutumSCOOT-umthe Shield ScutiSCOOT-eyeSct
SerpensSER-punzthe Serpent Serpentisser-PEN-tissSer
SextansSEX-tunzthe Sextant Sextantissex-TAN-tissSex
TaurusTOR-usthe Bull TauriTOR-eyeTau
Telescopium TEL-ah-SKOH-pee-umthe TelescopeTelescopii TEL-ah-SKOH-pee-eyeTel
Triangulumtry-ANG-gyuh-lumthe Triangle Triangulitry-ANG-gyuh-lyeTri
Triangulum Australetry-ANG-gyuh-lum aw-STRAL-eethe Southern Triangle Trianguli Australistry-ANG-gyuh-lye aw-STRAL-iss TrA
Tucanatoo-KAH-nuhthe Toucan Tucanaetoo-KAH-neeTuc
Ursa MajorER-suh MAY-jurthe Great Bear Ursae MajorisER-suh muh-JOR-issUma
Ursa MinorER-suh MY-nerthe Little Bear Ursae MinorisER-suh mih-NOR-issUMi
VelaVAY-luhthe Sails Velorumvuh-LOR-umVel
VirgoVER-gothe Maiden VirginisVER-jin-issVir
Volans VOH-lanzthe Flying Fish Volantisvo-LAN-tissVol
Vulpecula vul-PECK-yuh-luhthe Fox Vulpeculae vul-PECK-yuh-leeVul

D.Thomas FRAS