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Puppis, The Stern Constellation

Puppis (Pronounciation:Pup-pis, Abbrev:Pup, Latin:Puppis) is a constellation, one of 88 constellations that the night sky is divided into. The sky is not divided up equally between the constellations. Puppis takes up 673.434 sq. degrees of the night sky which equates to 1.63% of the night sky. The constellation gets its name as it name means The Stern . 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.

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

The brightest star in Puppis is Tureis. There are 12 Extrasolar Planets (Exoplanets) in this constellation that are detailed on this site. There is a dedicated page for exoplanets in Puppis. The current largest star so far identified in the constellation of Puppis is Naos. For a list of named stars, that is stars that don't start HD or HIP, please visit Puppis Star List Page.

Puppis Star and Deep Space Object Count

The number of stars that have been catalogued as part of the Hipparcos Star Catalogue from Puppis is 2418. The number of stars that are of magnitude 6.0 or lower in the constellation is 145. The number of stars in the constellation that make up the outline is 8.

There are 3 deep space objects that were identified by Charles Messier in this constellation. There are no non-Messier deep space objects in this constellation that are covered at present on this site.

Stars of Interest

The nearest star to Earth is HIP 33499 which is roughly about 26.12 Light Years from the Earth. The nearest star to the Earth with an exoplanet is HD 69830 which is about 40.75 Light Years. The furthest star that can be located in the constellation is HIP 39314 which is located about 326163.3 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 Puppis with the naked eye is V468 Puppis. The dim star has an apparent magnitude of 5.99. 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.

Legend of the Constellation

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

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

Puppis Facts


NamePuppis
AbbreviationPup
Is a Zodiac Sign No
Largest StarNaos
Brightest StarTureis
Area673.434 sq. deg.
Percentage of Night Sky1.63%
Size Position20th
Hemisphere Southern
Site Exoplanet Count12
Meteor Shower Count17
Nearest StarHIP 33499
Nearest Star with Exoplanet(s)HD 69830
Dimmest StarV468 Puppis
Furthest StarHIP 39314
Bright Star Count145
Hipparcos Star Count2418
Main Star Count8
Messier Deep Space Object Count3
*Non-Messier Deep Space Object Count0
Bordering / Neighbouring / Surrounding ConstellationsMonoceros
Canis Major
Columba
Pictor
Carina
Vela
Pyxis
Hydra

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


Puppis Constellation Map


Puppis Constellation Star Map

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



List of Deep Space Objects (Galaxies, Nebulas, Supernovas, etc) in Puppis


NameTypeDistanceDeclinationRight Ascension
Messier 46 (NGC2437)Open Cluster5400-14:4907h 41m 8
Messier 47 (NGC2422)Open Cluster1600-14:3007h 36m 6
Messier 93 (NGC2447)Open Cluster3600-23:5207h 44m 6


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