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Vulpecula, The Fox Constellation Facts and Mythology

Vulpecula Constellation Star Map

Vulpecula (Pronounciation:Vol-peck-u-la, Abbrev:Vul, Latin:Vulpeculae) is a constellation, one of 88 constellations that the night sky is divided into. The sky is not divided up equally between the constellations. Vulpecula takes up 268.165 sq. degrees of the night sky which equates to 0.65% of the night sky. Vulpecula is the 55th largest in terms of size in the night sky.

The constellation name means The Fox . It was not one of the original constellations that had been devised by Ptolemy, instead it was created by Johannes Hevelius years later.

There are 5 stars that make up the main constellation. The hipparcos satellite scanned and detailed 953 stars. There are 44 stars that can be seen with the naked eye in the constellation on a very clear night sky.

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

The distance to Vulpecula is not calculable because all the stars that make up the constellation are at various distances. The best answer for distance to Vulpecula is to calculate the average distance of the stars.

There are 5 Extrasolar Planets (Exoplanets) in this constellation that are detailed on this site. There is a dedicated page for exoplanets in Vulpecula. The current largest star so far identified in the constellation of Vulpecula is NR Vulpeculae. For a list of named stars, that is stars that don't start HD or HIP, please visit Vulpecula Star List Page.

There are 1 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.

The image at the top right of this page was generated using Night Vision, a free to use and download application by Brian Simspon.

Vulpecula Star Facts

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.

HIP 94736, Furthest Star

The furthest star that is located in the constellation is HIP 94736 and it is 81540.84 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.

Anser, Brightest Star in Vulpecula

The brightest star in Vulpecula is Anser and is located about 35.78 light years from the Sun. The star has a apparent magnitude of 4.44 but an absolute magnitude of -0.36 when the star is viewed from a distance of 10 Parsecs or 32.6 Light Years. The star is recognised as being the brightest in the constellation as it has the Bayer status of Alpha.

HD 187193, Dimmest Visible Star

The dimmest star that can be seen in Vulpecula with the naked eye is HD 187193. 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.

HD 189733

HD 189733 has an exoplanet in orbit and definately not the location you want to be visiting for a holiday. The exoplanet orbiting HD 189733 is a harsh environment where the rain will shred your skin to bits. The planet orbits the star every 2.2 days. If there are any life on the planet, they should be avoided because if they can cope on this planet, they'll be made of tough stuff than us.

Vulpecula Mythology

Created by Johannes Hevelius in around 1687 and recognised by the International Astronomical Union.

Vulpecula Facts


NameVulpecula
AbbreviationVul
Is a Zodiac Sign No
Largest StarNR Vulpeculae
Brightest StarAnser
Area268.165 sq. deg.
Percentage of Night Sky0.65%
Size Position55th
Hemisphere Northern
Site Exoplanet Count5
Meteor Shower Count1
Nearest StarHIP 103441
Nearest Star with Exoplanet(s)HD 189733
Brightest StarAnser
Dimmest StarHD 187193
Furthest StarHIP 94736
Bright Star Count44
Hipparcos Star Count953
Main Star Count5
Messier Deep Space Object Count1
*Non-Messier Deep Space Object Count0
Bordering / Neighbouring / Surrounding ConstellationsCygnus
Lyra
Hercules
Sagitta
Delphinus

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



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


NameTypeDistanceDeclinationRight Ascension
Dumbell Nebula (M27, NGC6853)Planetary Nebula1.148-1.52 kly+22:43 ( deg:m )19h 59m 6


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