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Delphinus Constellation

Delphinus (Pronounciation:Del-fine-us, Abbrev:Del, Latin:Delphini) is a constellation, one of 88 constellations that the night sky is divided into. The sky is not divided up equally between the constellations. Delphinus takes up 188.549 sq. degrees of the night sky which equates to 0.46% of the night sky. The constellation gets its name as it name means The Dolphin . The constellation is one of the original constellations that was devised by the Ancient Greco-Egyptian astronomer Ptolemy who lived between 90 A.D. and 168 A.D.

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

The brightest star in Delphinus is Rotanev. There are 2 Extrasolar Planets (Exoplanets) in this constellation that are detailed on this site.

Legend of the Constellation

Delphinus is the dolphin that persuaded Amphitrite, a nereid that she should accept Poseidon`s wooing. Amphitrite had wanted to keep her virginity thus running off. Delphinus was one of those tasked with finding her. Another story has Delphinus as the dolphin who saved the Greek poet Arion of Lesbos from drowning after he was thrown overboard.

There are no major meteor showers that radiate from within this constellation.

Delphinus Facts


NameDelphinus
AbbreviationDel
Is a Zodiac Sign No
Brightest StarRotanev
Area188.549 sq. deg.
Percentage of Night Sky0.46%
Size Position69th
Hemisphere Northern
Site Exoplanet Count2
Meteor Shower Count3
Bordering / Neighbouring / Surrounding ConstellationsVulpecula
Sagitta
Aquila
Aquarius
Equuleus
Pegasus

Delphinus Constellation Map


Delphinus Constellation Star Map

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

List of Stars with Exoplanets in Delphinus


StarDistance (Lt. Yrs.)Exoplanet CountDeclinationRight Ascension
HD 195019125.641+18d 46` 10.720h 28m 18.42
HD 196885109.341+11d 14` 58.020h 39m 51.85

List of Named Stars in Delphinus 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
1 Delphini742.97+10d 53` 45.320h 30m 17.95
10 Delphini507.25+14d 34` 58.420h 41m 16.21
13 Delphini428.60+06d 00` 29.720h 47m 48.33
14 Delphini500.25+07d 51` 51.020h 49m 48.24
15 Delphini99.87+12d 32` 41.620h 49m 37.74
16 Delphini197.32+12d 34` 06.620h 55m 38.55
17 Delphini479.65+13d 43` 17.620h 55m 36.68
Delta Delphini 223.25+15d 04` 28.920h 43m 27.55
Deneb Dulfim330.46+11d 18` 12.020h 33m 12.76
Eta Delphini236.18+13d 01` 37.920h 33m 57.00
EU Delphini381.03+18d 16` 06.420h 37m 54.71
Gamma Delphini123.78+16d 07` 28.620h 46m 38.87
Gamma Delphini B126.32+16d 07` 29.220h 46m 39.52
Gliese 79554.54+04d 58` 18.720h 39m 37.20
Iota Delphini188.97+11d 22` 39.720h 37m 49.10
Kappa Delphini98.24+10d 05` 10.120h 39m 07.59
LU Delphini485.36+17d 31` 17.020h 41m 58.16
MR Delphini158.33+05d 13` 06.120h 31m 13.29
Musica245.60+10d 50` 21.720h 58m 25.96
Rotanev100.89+14d 35` 42.720h 37m 32.87
Sualocin253.82+15d 54` 43.420h 39m 38.25
Theta Delphini2013.35+13d 18` 54.520h 38m 43.98
U Delphini1568.09+18d 05` 24.220h 45m 28.23
W Delphini2203.81+18d 17` 03.820h 37m 40.09
Zeta Delphini220.08+14d 40` 27.120h 35m 18.51



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