On the Subject of Constellations

Essential tools for a bomb defuser:

  1. Protective Gear
  2. Wire Cutter
  3. Astrolabe
  4. ...

  • The module consists of a screen displaying a constellation and four buttons with constellation symbols.
  • To disarm the module, press the button with the symbol that matches a constellation in the same sky quadrant as the constellation displayed in the screen. Pressing any other button will cause a strike.
  • To identify the constellation displayed on the screen, count the number of stars in it and use tables 1 and/or 2 to obtain its constellation symbol.
  • Then, determine which button to press by locating the relevant constellations in the sky map next page.




















Note: Traditional constellation symbols are in the public domain. Lyra, Orion, Perseus, Quadrans Muralis, Ursa Major, and Ursa Minor symbols created by Denis Moskowitz and Alec Finlay for the book One Hundred Year Star-Diary and released to the public domain. All other symbols created by Denis Moskowitz and released to the public domain. Find them here.

Sky Map

Table 1 - Constellations Ordered Alphabetically

Constellation Symbol Nº Stars
Andromeda 16
Antlia 4
Apus 4
Aquarius 13
Aquila 9
Ara 8
Aries 4
Auriga 7
Boötes 11
Caelum 4
Camelopardalis 8
Cancer 5
Canes Venatici 5
Canis Major 12
Canis Minor 2
Capricornus 10
Carina 11
Cassiopeia 5
Centaurus 20
Cepheus 7
Cetus 14
Chamaeleon 6
Constellation Symbols Nº Stars
Circinus 5
Columba 6
Coma Berenices 3
Corona Australis 6
Corona Borealis 7
Corvus 5
Crater 8
Crux 4
Cygnus 9
Delphinus 5
Dorado 6
Draco 13
Equuleus 3
Eridanus 31
Fornax 4
Gemini 18
Grus 10
Hercules 19
Horologium 7
Hydra 20
Hydrus 6
Indus 5
Constellation Symbol Nº Stars
Lacerta 9
Leo 9
Leo Minor 5
Lepus 11
Libra 9
Lupus 9
Lynx 8
Lyra 6
Mensa 4
Microscopium 5
Monoceros 7
Musca 6
Norma 4
Octans 5
Ophiuchus 22
Orion 15
Pavo 11
Pegasus 15
Perseus 17
Phoenix 13
Pictor 3
Pisces 19
Constellation Symbols Nº Stars
Piscis Austrinus 7
Puppis 9
Pyxis 3
Reticulum 6
Sagitta 5
Sagittarius 12
Scorpius 17
Sculptor 8
Scutum 4
Serpens 13
Sextans 4
Taurus 14
Telescopium 6
Triangulum 3
Triangulum Australe 4
Tucana 6
Ursa Major 19
Ursa Minor 7
Vela 8
Virgo 14
Volans 6
Vulpecula 7

Table 2 - Constellations Ordered By Number of Stars

2 Stars

Canis Minor


3 Stars

Coma Berenices

Equuleus

Pictor

Pyxis

Triangulum

4 Stars

Antlia

Apus

Aries

Caelum

Crux

Fornax

Mensa

Norma

Scutum

Sextans

Triangulum Australe


5 Stars

Cancer

Canes Venatici

Cassiopeia

Circinus

Corvus

Delphinus

Indus

Leo Minor

Microscopium

Octans

Sagitta


6 Stars

Chamaeleon

Columba

Corona Australis

Dorado

Hydrus

Lyra

Musca

Reticulum

Telescopium

Tucana

Volans


7 Stars

Auriga

Cepheus

Corona Borealis

Horologium

Monoceros

Piscis Austrinus

Ursa Minor

Vulpecula

8 Stars

Ara

Camelopardalis

Crater

Lynx

Sculptor

Vela


9 Stars

Aquila

Cygnus

Lacerta

Leo

Libra

Lupus

Puppis

10 Stars

Capricornus

Grus


11 Stars

Boötes

Carina

Lepus

Pavo


12 Stars

Canis Major

Sagittarius

13 Stars

Aquarius

Draco

Phoenix

Serpens


14 Stars

Cetus

Taurus

Virgo


15 Stars

Orion

Pegasus

16 Stars

Andromeda


17 Stars

Perseus

Scorpius


18 Stars

Gemini

19 Stars

Hercules

Pisces

Ursa Major


20 Stars

Centaurus

Hydra


22 Stars

31 Stars

Ophiuchus

Eridanus