- a group of stars.
- a constellation.
Origin of asterism
Examples from the Web for asterism
Historical Examples of asterism
There is nothing of particular interest to be noted in this asterism.
In mythology the asterism is personified as one of the daughters of Daksha, and wives of the moon.Nala and Damayanti and Other Poems
Henry Hart Milman
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.Castes and Tribes of Southern India
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.
Word Origin for asterism
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.