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Carina Constellation

Carina (Pronounciation:Car-e-na, Abbrev:Car, Latin:Carinae) is a constellation, one of 88 constellations that the night sky is divided into. The sky is not divided up equally between the constellations. Carina takes up 494.184 sq. degrees of the night sky which equates to 1.2% of the night sky. The constellation gets its name as it name means The Keel . It was not one of the original constellations that had been devised by Ptolemy, instead it was created by Abbé Nicolas Louis de Lacaille years later.

Carina is not a member of the Zodiac group of twelve constellations that appear when the Sun sets. Carina is a southern hemispheric constellation which means it can't be seen easily or at all from the northern hemisphere.

The brightest star in Carina is Canopus. There are 6 Extrasolar Planets (Exoplanets) in this constellation that are detailed on this site. The current largest star so far identified in the constellation of Carina is EV Carinae.

Carina Star and Deep Space Object Count

The number of stars that have been catalogued as part of the Hipparcos Star Catalogue from Carina is 2156. The number of stars that are of magnitude 6.0 or lower in the constellation is 125. The number of stars in the constellation that make up the outline is 15.

There are no deep space objects that were identified by Charles Messier in this constellation. There are 0 non-Messier deep space objects that are covered on this site and the list is below.

Stars of Interest

The nearest star to Earth is HIP 45908 which is roughly about 34.12 Light Years from the Earth. The nearest star to the Earth with an exoplanet is HD 63765 which is about 108.47 Light Years. The furthest star that can be located in the constellation is HIP 48543 which is located about 326163 Light Years away from the Sun. The furthest figure is derived from either the 1997 or 2007 Hipparcos star catalogue parallax figure and it has been known to produce distances that are wrong.

The dimmest star that can be seen in Carina with the naked eye is HD 90874. The dim star has an apparent magnitude of 6. The dimmest star that a person is able to see with their naked eye is 6.0 magnitude based on the table in the reference. Ref: University of Michigan

The caveat of these stars are that they are catalogued on this site. If you know of a star that is nearer or further then do let me know in the comments and I'll add it to the site. The stars mentioned are from the Hipparcos catalogue or have been added because of their special status.

One of three constellations when Abbé Nicolas Louis de Lacaille broke up the Argo Navis. The other two constellations are Vela and Puppis.

Meteor Showers

There are 4 Meteor Showers that occur during the year within this constellation based on information gathered from Adam Mickiewicz University (Poland). The ones listed as the ones I've been able to find a date range for. For others if you have the time, you can visit the AMU site, obtains the SL value then use IMO tables to calculate the date. A lot of the Meteor Showers are weak and you need to do a lot of stargazing to spot them.

NameActivityPeak ActivityClosest Star
Eta Carinids14-Jan - 27 Jan21 - JanForamen
Eta Carinids14-Jan - 27 Jan21 - Jan

Carina Facts

Is a Zodiac Sign No
Largest StarEV Carinae
Brightest StarCanopus
Area494.184 sq. deg.
Percentage of Night Sky1.2%
Size Position34th
Hemisphere Southern
Site Exoplanet Count6
Meteor Shower Count4
Nearest StarHIP 45908
Nearest Star with Exoplanet(s)HD 63765
Dimmest StarHD 90874
Furthest StarHIP 48543
Bright Star Count125
Hipparcos Star Count2156
Main Star Count15
Messier Deep Space Object Count0
*Non-Messier Deep Space Object Count1

*Note: The number of Non-Messier Deep Space Object Count relates to how many are covered on this site not how many there are.

Carina Constellation Map

Carina Constellation Star Map

The map was generated using Night Vision, an awesome free application by Brian Simpson.

List of Stars with Exoplanets in Carina

StarDistance (Lt. Yrs.)Exoplanet CountDeclinationRight Ascension
HD 51608113.612-55d 15` 32.2 06h 54m 51.37
HD 63765108.471-54d 15` 48.507h 47m 49.57
HD 65216116.032-63d 38` 51.607h 53m 41.48
HD 95086294.901-68d 40` 02.610h 57m 03.09

List of Named Stars in Carina without Extrasolar Planets

As there's so many stars in the cosmos, not all the stars are listed here. The site has lots of stars not listed so if your star isn't listed and you know the Henry Draper or Hipparcos ID, type https://www.universeguide.com/star/ then followed by the HIPNNNNNN or HDNNNN where NNNNN is the number part of the name. The stars that I do list have either a traditional name, a bayer or other classification name.

StarDistance (Lt. Yrs.)DeclinationRight Ascension
AG Carinae17166.49-60d 27` 12.810h 56m 11.58
Aspidiske765.64-59d 16` 30.909h 17m 05.43
Avior605.13-59d 30` 34.308h 22m 30.86
C Carinae252.84-62d 54` 56.208h 15m 15.95
Canopus309.16-52d 41` 44.606h 23m 57.09
Chi Carinae454.90-52d 58` 56.607h 56m 46.74
D Carinae499.48-63d 34` 03.008h 00m 19.97
E Carinae896.05-58d 13` 29.108h 35m 15.58
E2 Carinae222.03-58d 00` 33.508h 35m 19.65
EV Carinae-60d 27` 15.510h 20m 21.608
Foramen-59d 41` 0410h 45m 03
GG Carinae-60d 23` 33.510h 55m 58.92
GH Carinae-60d 45` 01.011h 10m 44.60
GZ Carinae2398.26-59d 22` 35.910h 20m 20.38
H Carinae789.74-73d 04` 51.309h 31m 36.32
HR 2554544.51-53d 37` 21.006h 49m 51.32
HR 3153982.42-60d 35` 13.507h 59m 37.55
HR 322065.17-61d 18` 06.108h 09m 00.86
HR 3643400.69-72d 36` 09.709h 05m 08.83
HR Carinae1929.96-59d 37` 28.410h 22m 53.85
I Carinae52.91-74d 01` 53.610h 24m 23.74
K Carinae260.51-71d 59` 33.810h 30m 20.08
M Carinae307.70-66d 22` 22.210h 13m 30.68
Miaplacidus113.17-69d 43` 02.909h 13m 12.24
N Carinae1364.70-52d 58` 32.306h 34m 58.59
Omega Carinae341.89-70d 02` 16.510h 13m 44.28
PP Carinae483.20-61d 41` 07.310h 32m 01.48
Q Carinae392.49-52d 32` 01.707h 35m 39.70
QU Carinae1294.30-68d 37` 58.211h 05m 42.51
QX Carinae1606.72-58d 25` 16.609h 54m 33.89
QZ Carinae1953.07-59d 59` 36.010h 44m 22.92
R Carinae514.45-62d 47` 20.109h 32m 14.65
RT Carinae1430.54-59d 24` 48.110h 44m 47.16
S Carinae1782.31-61d 32` 57.110h 09m 22.01
T Carinae304.83-60d 31` 01.910h 55m 17.26
Theta Carinae455.54-64d 23` 40.110h 42m 57.43
U Carinae15531.59-59d 43` 55.910h 57m 48.19
Upsilon Carinae1436.84-65d 04` 19.309h 47m 06.14
UX Carinae2528.40-57 d 36` 48.310h 29m 11.25
V Carinae5623.51-60d 07` 21.308h 28m 43.70
V337 Carinae657.59-61d 19` 56.410h 17m 05.01
V343 Carinae1443.20-59d 45` 39.708h 40m 37.04
V344 Carinae605.13-56d 46` 11.308h 46m 42.56
V345 Carinae967.84-70d 32` 18.709h 05m 38.38
V357 Carinae446.80-58d 58` 00.909h 10m 58.11
V368 Carinae801.38-58d 49` 40.210h 11m 35.49
V372 Carinae1336.74-54d 22` 01.907h 52m 29.75
V375 Carinae1199.13-62d 50` 10.908h 04m 42.94
V376 Carinae673.89-59d 13` 45.708h 56m 58.43
V382 Carinae6272.37-58d 58` 30.211h 08m 35.40
V386 Carinae300.89-56d 44` 59.007h 04m 18.32
V390 Carinae626.03-53d 16` 24.207h 39m 00.34
V399 Carinae54360.56-57d 38` 19.710h 27m 24.48
V448 Carinae601.78-55d 32` 24.206h 47m 18.71
V450 Carinae493.44-59d 10` 41.307h 03m 15.11
V461 Carinae1347.78-54d 30` 56.008h 01m 23.05
V469 Carinae729.67-54d 12` 42.508h 29m 29.82
V473 Carinae712.15-58d 14` 22.908h 54m 54.05
V478 Carinae1284.11-67d 03` 03.209h 17m 51.67
V482 Carinae967.84-58d 21` 42.909h 30m 23.45
V486 Carinae521.86-66d 54` 53.409h 42m 12.99
V487 Carinae929.24-57d 11` 09.809h 45m 40.64
V492 Carinae1208.01-69d 06` 06.609h 56m 59.84
V495 Carinae686.66-62d 13` 17.210h 07m 56.64
V507 Carinae1164.87-63d 09` 52.510h 28m 18.28
V514 Carinae1006.68-57d 15` 22.710h 38m 02.66
V518 Carinae453.63-64d 27` 59.210h 42m 14.14
V520 Carinae1140.43-60d 33` 59.910h 43m 32.31
V522 Carinae6040.06-59d 55` 09.010h 48m 05.42
V524 Carinae6154.03-57d 14` 25.510h 52m 30.85
V532 Carinae791.66-58d 25` 24.111h 12m 03.60
V533 Carinae-60d 19` 03.511h 12m 36.02
V535 Carinae2434.05-67d 49` 24.611h 17m 19.02
V655 Carinae876.78-66d 59` 04.810h 30m 08.81
VY Carinae9060.09-57d 33` 55.410h 44m 32.70
WR 16-57d 43` 38.309h 54m 52.91
WR 186272.37-57d 54` 46.910h 17m 02.28
WR 2240770.42-59d 40` 36.910h 41m 17.52
WR 233362.51-58d 46` 18.810h 41m 38.33
WR 243749.00-60d 07` 04.010h 43m 52.27
WR 405930.24-65d 30` 35.211h 06m 17.21
WR25-59d 43` 11.4110h 44m 10.337
WZ Carinae4727.00-60 d 56` 24.010h 55m 18.73
XY Carinae-64d 15` 46.511h 02m 16.07
XZ Carinae-60d 58` 47.811h 04m 13.48
Y Carinae3048.26-58d 29` 55.110h 33m 10.86
YZ Carinae5930.24-59d 21` 00.710h 28m 16.85

Objects of Interest (Galaxies, Nebulas, Supernovas, etc) in Carina

NameTypeDistanceDeclinationRight Ascension
Statue of Liberty Nebula Nebula6,000-61:21:4411h 11m 32m 7

Carina Constellation's Star Breakdown

Type Breakdown

BBlue-White 10,500 - 30,000k521
KLight Orange Star 3,700 - 5,200k404
FYellow-White 6,000 - 7,500k398
GYellow 5,200 - 6,000k381
AWhite 7,500 - 10,000k284
MRed Dwarf Star <3,700k72
OBlue Star >33,000k10

Size Breakdown

VMain Sequence739
IIINormal Giant674
IIBright Giant76
IbLess Luminous Supergiant40
IaLuminous Supergiant15
IabIntermediate Luminous Supergiant14
WWolf-Rayet Star11

Breakdown of Dwarf Stars by Type

VIVI Type Sub-Dwarf Star1

Breakdown of Carbon Stars by Type

CC-Type Carbon Star2

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