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.
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.
|Name||Activity||Peak Activity||Closest Star|
|Gamma Doradids||27 Aug- 3 Sep||28-Aug||Gamma Doradus|
|Is a Zodiac Sign||No|
|Brightest Star||Alpha Doradus|
|Area||179.173 sq. deg.|
|Percentage of Night Sky||0.43%|
|Site Exoplanet Count||3|
|Meteor Shower Count||2|
|Bordering / Neighbouring / Surrounding Constellations||Caelum|
The map was generated using Night Vision, an awesome free application by Brian Simpson.
|AB Doradus||49.47||-65d26`56.2||05h 28m 44.78|
|Alpha Doradus||168.65||-55d02`42.0||04h 33m 59.72|
|Beta Doradus||1006.68||-62d29`23.5||05h 33m 37.52|
|Delta Doradus||149.62||-65d44`07.9||05h 44m 46.42|
|Epsilon Doradus||574.23||-66d54`04.4||05h 49m 53.55|
|Eta1 Doradus||321.66||-66d02`22.9||06h 06m 09.36|
|Eta2 Doradus||640.79||-65d35`22.9||06h 11m 15.02|
|Gamma Doradus||66.74||-51d29`13.5||04h 16m 01.49|
|HE 0437-5439||-54 d 33` 86||04h 38m 12.772|
|Kappa Doradus||218.61||-59d43`58.2||04h 44m 21.12|
|Lambda Doradus||458.09||-58d54`45.4||05h 26m 19.28|
|Nu Doradus||299.78||-68d50`36.4||06h 08m 44.34|
|Pi1 Doradus||618.91||-69d59`02.9||06h 22m 38.23|
|Pi2 Doradus||270.00||-69d41`26.8||06h 25m 28.65|
|R Doradus||178.13||-62d04`37.1||04h 36m 45.68|
|R136a1||-69 d 06` 02.2||05h 38m 42.43|
|RW Doradus||307.70||-68d13`33.2||05h 18m 32.39|
|Theta Doradus||491.21||-67d11`07.3||05h 13m 45.43|
|WOH G64||-68 20` 29.81||04h 55m 10|
|WZ Doradus||565.27||-63d23`58.5||05h 07m 34.01|
|XY Doradus||1249.67||-51d33`53.9||04h 00m 15.53|
|XZ Doradus||1449.61||-56d39`59.9||04h 49m 04.76|
|Zeta Doradus||37.98||-57d28`22.8||05h 05m 30.69|
|Large Magellanic Cloud||Dwarf Galaxy||163.000||-69:45:22||05h 23m 34m 5s|
|Tarantula Nebula||Globular Cluster||160.000||-69:05.7||05h 38m 38s|