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Dorado Constellation

Dorado (Pronounciation:Door-ado, Abbrev:Dor, Latin:Doradus) is a constellation, one of 88 constellations that the night sky is divided into. The sky is not divided up equally between the constellations. Dorado takes up 179.173 sq. degrees of the night sky which equates to 0.43% of the night sky. The constellation gets its name as it name means The Goldfish . It was not one of the original constellations that had been devised by Ptolemy, instead it was created by Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman years later.

Dorado is a southern hemispheric constellation which means it can't be seen easily or at all from the northern hemisphere. The brightest star in Dorado is Alpha Doradus. There are 3 Extrasolar Planets (Exoplanets) detailed on this site.

There is no Greek Legend behind this constellation. It was created by Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman to fill in the voids in the astronomical charts.

Meteor Showers

There are 2 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
Gamma Doradids27 Aug- 3 Sep28-AugGamma Doradus

Dorado Facts

Is a Zodiac Sign No
Brightest StarAlpha Doradus
Area179.173 sq. deg.
Percentage of Night Sky0.43%
Size Position72nd
Hemisphere Southern
Site Exoplanet Count3
Meteor Shower Count2
Bordering / Neighbouring / Surrounding ConstellationsCaelum

Dorado Constellation Map

Dorado Constellation Star Map

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

List of Named Stars in Dorado

StarDistanceDeclinationRight Ascension
AB Doradus49.47-65d26`56.205h 28m 44.78
Alpha Doradus168.65-55d02`42.004h 33m 59.72
Beta Doradus1006.68-62d29`23.505h 33m 37.52
Delta Doradus149.62-65d44`07.905h 44m 46.42
Epsilon Doradus574.23-66d54`04.405h 49m 53.55
Eta1 Doradus321.66-66d02`22.906h 06m 09.36
Eta2 Doradus640.79-65d35`22.906h 11m 15.02
Gamma Doradus66.74-51d29`13.504h 16m 01.49
HE 0437-5439-54 d 33` 8604h 38m 12.772
Kappa Doradus218.61-59d43`58.204h 44m 21.12
Lambda Doradus458.09-58d54`45.405h 26m 19.28
Nu Doradus299.78-68d50`36.406h 08m 44.34
Pi1 Doradus618.91-69d59`02.906h 22m 38.23
Pi2 Doradus270.00-69d41`26.806h 25m 28.65
R Doradus178.13-62d04`37.104h 36m 45.68
R136a1-69 d 06` 02.205h 38m 42.43
RW Doradus307.70-68d13`33.205h 18m 32.39
Theta Doradus491.21-67d11`07.305h 13m 45.43
WOH G64-68 20` 29.8104h 55m 10
WZ Doradus565.27-63d23`58.505h 07m 34.01
XY Doradus1249.67-51d33`53.904h 00m 15.53
XZ Doradus1449.61-56d39`59.904h 49m 04.76
Zeta Doradus37.98-57d28`22.805h 05m 30.69

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

NameTypeDistanceDeclinationRight Ascension
Large Magellanic CloudDwarf Galaxy163.000-69:45:2205h 23m 34m 5s
Tarantula NebulaGlobular Cluster160.000-69:05.705h 38m 38s

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