Abbreviation Constellation Genitive English Name Visibility
And Andromeda Andromedae Andromeda - the Princess, The Chained Maiden Autumn
Ant Antlia Antliae Air Pump (Spring)
Aps Apus Apodis Bird of Paradise --
Aqr Aquarius Aquarii Water Bearer Autumn
Aql Aquila Aquilae Eagle Summer
Ara Ara Arae Altar --
Ari Aries Arietis Ram Autumn
Aur Auriga Aurigae Charioteer Winter
Boo Bootes Bootis Herdsman, Bear Hunter Spring
Cae Caelum Caeli Sculptor's Chisel (Winter)
Cam Camelopardalis Camelopardalis Giraffe Year round
Cnc Cancer Cancri Crab Spring
CVn Canes Venatici Canun Venaticorum Hunting Dogs Spring
CMa Canis Major Canis Majoris Big Dog Winter
CMi Canis Minor Canis Minoris Little Dog Winter
Cap Capricornus Capricorni Sea Goat ( Capricorn ) Autumn
Car Carina Carinae Boat's Keel --
Cas Cassiopeia Cassiopeiae Cassiopeia, the Queen Year round
Cen Centaurus Centauri Centaur (Spring)
Cep Cepheus Cephei Cepheus, the King Year round
Cet Cetus Ceti Whale, Sea Monster Autumn
Cha Chamaleon Chamaleontis Chameleon --
Cir Circinus Circini Compasses --
Col Columba Columbae Dove (Winter)
Com Coma Berenices Comae Berenices Berenice's Hair Spring
CrA Corona Australis Coronae Australis Southern Crown --
CrB Corona Borealis Coronae Borealis Northern Crown Spring
Crv Corvus Corvi Crow Spring
Crt Crater Crateris Cup Spring
Cru Crux Crucis Southern Cross --
Cyg Cygnus Cygni Swan Summer
Del Delphinus Delphini Dolphin Summer
Dor Dorado Doradus Swordfish --
Dra Draco Draconis Dragon Year round
Equ Equuleus Equulei Little Horse Autumn
Eri Eridanus Eridani River Winter
For Fornax Fornacis Laboratory Furnace (Winter)
Gem Gemini Geminorum Twins Winter
Gru Grus Gruis Crane --
Her Hercules Herculis Hercules Summer
Hor Horologium Horologii Clock --
Hya Hydra Hydrae Hydra ( Sea Serpent ) Spring
Hyi Hydrus Hydri Water Serpent --
Ind Indus Indi American Indian --
Lac Lacerta Lacertae Lizard Autumn
Leo Leo Leonis Lion Spring
LMi Leo Minor Leonis Minoris Small Lion Spring
Lep Lepus Leporis Hare Winter
Lib Libra Librae Balance, Scale Summer
Lup Lupus Lupi Wolf (Summer)
Lyn Lynx Lyncis Lynx Spring
Lyr Lyra Lyrae Lyre, Harp Summer
Men Mensa Mensae Table Mountain --
Mic Microscopium Microscopii Microscope (Autumn)
Mon Monoceros Monocerotis Unicorn Winter
Mus Musca Muscae Fly --
Nor Norma Normae Carpenter's Square --
Oct Octans Octantis Octant --
Oph Ophiucus Ophiuchi Serpent Holder Summer
Ori Orion Orionis Orion, the Hunter Winter
Pav Pavo Pavonis Peacock --
Peg Pegasus Pegasi Winged Horse Autumn
Per Perseus Persei Perseus, the Hero Winter
Phe Phoenix Phoenicis Phoenix --
Pic Pictor Pictoris Painter's Easel --
Psc Pisces Piscium Fishes Autumn
PsA Pisces Austrinus Pisces Austrini Southern Fish (Autumn)
Pup Puppis Puppis Ship's Stern (Winter)
Pyx Pyxis Pyxidis Ship's Compass (Spring)
Ret Reticulum Reticuli Cross-hairs, Net --
Sge Sagitta Sagittae Arrow Summer
Sgr Sagittarius Sagittarii Archer Summer
Sco Scorpius Scorpii Scorpion Summer
Scl Sculptor Sculptoris Sculptor (Autumn)
Sct Scutum Scuti Shield Summer
Ser Serpens Serpentis Serpent Summer
Sex Sextans Sextantis Sextant Spring
Tau Taurus Tauri Bull Winter
Tel Telescopium Telescopii Telescope --
Tri Triangulum Trianguli Triangle Autumn
TrA Triangulum Australe Trianguli Australis Southern Triangle --
Tuc Tucana Tucanae Toucan --
UMa Ursa Major Ursae Majoris Big Bear Year round
UMi Ursa Minor Ursae Minoris Little Bear Year round
Vel Vela Velorum Sails --
Vir Virgo Virginis The Maiden Spring
Vol Volans Volantis Flying Fish --
Vul Vulpecula Vulpeculae Fox Summer
The 3-letter abbreviation for the constellation names are used most often when objects in constellations are named, for example, alpha Cap, Cyg X-1.
The genitive form of the name is used when pronouncing the name of an object, such as a star, fully. Examples would be alpha Cancri, beta Orionis, and RU Lupi.
"Visibility" refers to when the constellation would be visible in the evening sky as seen from Iowa. Some are very low to the southern horizon and those are enclosed by parentheses, so they may not be clearly or completely visible.