The stars γ and β are pointer stars to a fifth-magnitude star the lucida of the asterism Lacerta, the lizard about 15° from β.
There is nothing of particular interest to be noted in this asterism.
In memorial of this altar an asterism was formed in the Sphere, denominated βωμος, ara.
In mythology the asterism is personified as one of the daughters of Daksha, and wives of the moon.
On p. 291, the asterism (three asterisks forming a triangle) is represented simply three asterisks.
An individual belongs to the animal to which the asterism under which he was born belongs.
On a clear night the asterism Cerberus, the three-headed dog, which Hercules holds in his hand, can be seen.
Ptolemy merely calls it Ποταμοῦ ἀστερισμὸς, or asterism of the river.
This asterism is sometimes called Serpentarius, its Latin name, instead of its Greek.
This asterism was confessedly first taken notice of by Perez or Perseus, by which is meant the Persians.
1590s, "a constellation, a group of stars," from Greek asterismos "a marking with stars," from aster "star" (see astro-). Any grouping of stars, whether a constellation or not (though in modern use, usually the latter). The "Big Dipper" is an asterism, not a constellation.
A conspicuous star pattern that is not recognized as a constellation. Asterisms may constitute a part of a larger constellation, as in the case of the seven stars in Ursa Major that make up the Big Dipper, or they may be formed of individual stars in several different constellations, as in the case of the Summer Triangle, made up of Deneb (in Cygnus), Altair (in Aquila), and Vega (in Lyra).