The constellations are imaginary figures made of groups of stars forming patterns which allow an observer to easily identify star positions.
The zodiac is an imaginary belt in the heavens on either side of the Sun's apparent path: the ecliptic. It is divided into 12 sectors of 30° each, corresponding to the astrological signs named by the ancients. The Sun, Moon and planets seem, when viewed from the Earth, to move through the zodiac, since they all move in the same plane (ecliptic) and thus move across the same band of stars. The zodiac extends to about 8° to either side of the ecliptic.
Because of precession of the equinoxes, there is about a month’s difference between the constellations we now observe, and those observed by the ancients, at specific times of year.
Rollover the constellations to see how they were represented in ancient times.