Constellation Names That Start With C

The letter “C” is the one with the most constellation names. There are currently 22 constellations in the catalog of the International Astronomical Union whose names begin with the letter “C”.

The following table lists them all. Here’s what each of the columns mean:

Name: The proper or colloquial name for the constellation.

Abbreviation: A reduced version of the constellation name used generally to refer to the stars it contains.

Genitive: The ‘scientific’ name for the constellation in the IAU catalog. This is the name used to give stars their scientific name, or “designation”.

Meaning: Meaning or English translation for the name of the star.

Brightest Star: Name of the star with the biggest magnitude in the constellation

NameAbbreviationGenitiveMeaningBrightest Star
CaelumCaeCaeliChiselAlpha Caeli
CamelopardalisCamCamelopardalisGiraffeBeta Camelopardalis
Canes VenaticiCVnCanum VenaticorumThe hunting dogsCor Caroli
Canis MajorCMaCanis MajorisBigger dogSirius
Canis MinorCMiCanis MinorisSmaller dogProcyon
CapricornusCapCapricorniThe sea goatDeneb Algedi
CentaurusCenCentauriThe CentaurRigil Kentarus
CetusCetCetiThe whaleDiphda
ChamaeleonChaChamaeleontisThe chameleonAlpha Chamaeleontis
CircinusCirCirciniCompassesAlpha Circini
ColumbaColColumbaeThe dovePhact
Coma BerenicesComComae BerenicesBerenice’s hairBeta Comae Berenices
Corona AustralisCrACoronae AustralisSouthern crownMeridiana
Corona BorealisCrBCoronae BorealisNorthern crownAlpheeca
CorvusCrvCorviThe crowGienah
CraterCrtCraterisCupDelta Crateris
CruxCruCrucisSouthern crossAcrux
CygnusCygCygniThe swanDeneb

This list does not include some of the proposed star names that are proposed every year, but still haven’t been fully approved and made official.

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