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Vulpecula Constellation

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. The constellation gets its name as it 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.

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 brightest star in Vulpecula is Lucida Anseris. There are 3 Extrasolar Planets (Exoplanets) in this constellation that are detailed on this site. The current largest star so far identified in the constellation of Vulpecula is NR Vulpeculae.

Vulpecula Star and Deep Space Object Count

The number of stars that have been catalogued as part of the Hipparcos Star Catalogue from Vulpecula is 953. The number of stars that are of magnitude 6.0 or lower in the constellation is 44. The number of stars in the constellation that make up the outline is 5.

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.

Stars of Interest

The nearest star to Earth is HIP 103441 which is roughly about 44.94 Light Years from the Earth. The nearest star to the Earth with an exoplanet is HD 189733 which is about 63.44 Light Years. The furthest star that can be located in the constellation is HIP 94736 which is located about 81540.8 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 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

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.

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

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

Vulpecula Facts


NameVulpecula
AbbreviationVul
Is a Zodiac Sign No
Largest StarNR Vulpeculae
Brightest StarLucida Anseris
Area268.165 sq. deg.
Percentage of Night Sky0.65%
Size Position55th
Hemisphere Northern
Site Exoplanet Count3
Meteor Shower Count1
Nearest StarHIP 103441
Nearest Star with Exoplanet(s)HD 189733
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.


Vulpecula Constellation Map


Vulpecula Constellation Star Map

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

List of Stars with Exoplanets in Vulpecula


StarDistance (Lt. Yrs.)Exoplanet CountDeclinationRight Ascension
HD 188015185.951+28d 06` 02.219h 52m 04.51
HD 18973363.441+22d 42` 41.320h 00m 43.71
HD 190228200.961+28d 18` 25.320h 03m 00.70

List of Named Stars in Vulpecula 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 Vulpeculae811.35+21d 23` 25.619h 16m 13.04
10 Vulpeculae331.80+25d 46` 18.719h 43m 42.92
12 Vulpeculae629.66+22d 36` 36.319h 51m 04.09
13 Vulpeculae334.53+24d 04` 46.319h 53m 27.68
14 Vulpeculae160.20+23d 06` 04.619h 59m 10.58
15 Vulpeculae236.35+27d 45` 12.820h 01m 06.01
16 Vulpeculae221.73+24d 56` 16.320h 02m 01.37
17 Vulpeculae504.12+23d 36` 51.920h 06m 53.40
18 Vulpeculae423.59+26d 54` 14.920h 10m 33.52
19 Vulpeculae1411.96+26d 48` 32.520h 11m 47.97
2 Vulpeculae1217.03+23d 01` 32.019h 17m 43.64
20 Vulpeculae805.34+26d 28` 43.820h 12m 00.70
21 Vulpeculae297.32+28d 41` 41.520h 14m 14.52
22 Vulpeculae1918.61+23d 30` 32.120h 15m 30.24
23 Vulpeculae338.70+27d 48` 51.220h 15m 46.16
24 Vulpeculae437.80+24d 40` 16.120h 16m 47.08
25 Vulpeculae997.44+24d 26` 46.020h 22m 03.43
26 Vulpeculae638.28+25d 52` 57.420h 36m 08.32
27 Vulpeculae317.59+26d 27` 43.120h 37m 04.66
28 Vulpeculae522.70+24d 06` 57.520h 38m 31.91
29 Vulpeculae232.81+21d 12` 04.220h 38m 31.29
3 Cygni89.34+24d 54` 51.519h 25m 25.87
3 Vulpeculae392.97+26d 15` 44.719h 22m 50.88
30 Vulpeculae324.86+25d 16` 15.820h 44m 52.52
31 Vulpeculae188.53+27d 05` 49.720h 52m 07.73
32 Vulpeculae582.43+28d 03` 27.520h 54m 33.64
33 Vulpeculae452.38+22d 19` 33.320h 58m 16.35
35 Vulpeculae190.29+27d 36` 30.821h 27m 40.03
4 Vulpeculae271.58+19d 47` 54.719h 25m 28.54
5 Vulpeculae237.73+20d 05` 52.219h 26m 13.24
7 Vulpeculae1160.72+20d 16` 47.219h 29m 20.90
8 Vulpeculae514.45+24d 46` 07.319h 28m 57.08
9 Vulpeculae552.82+19d 46` 24.219h 34m 34.89
BD+23 3912313.02+23d 57` 54.020h 10m 48.27
BP Vulpeculae2001.00+21d 02` 17.920h 25m 33.25
BW Vulpeculae1045.40+28d 31` 19.220h 54m 22.39
ER Vulpeculae169.61+27d 48` 26.421h 02m 25.85
HR 7222373.61+21d 16` 06.119h 03m 42.47
HR 75561976.75+28d 26` 22.819h 49m 54.72
HR 7739991.38+25d 35` 31.120h 15m 15.89
Lucida Anseris297.32+24d 39` 54.619h 28m 42.41
NR Vulpeculae25d 55` 24.219h 50m 11.93
PS Vulpeculae2470.93+27d 08` 07.519h 43m 55.97
RS Vulpeculae939.95+22d 26` 28.419h 17m 39.99
SV Vulpeculae4077.04+27d 27` 36.919h 51m 30.91
T Vulpeculae1203.55 +28d 15` 01.920h 51m 28.24
U Vulpeculae4868.11+20d 19` 58.619h 36m 37.73
V387 Vulpeculae704.46+22d 48` 52.218h 59m 58.12
Wolf 134650.71+25d 03` 54.720h 34m 22.14
X Vulpeculae23297.38+26d 33` 23.319h 57m 28.61
Z Vulpeculae626.03+25d 34` 29.519h 21m 39.11



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


NameTypeDistanceDeclinationRight Ascension
Dumbell NebulaPlanetary Nebula1.148-1.52+22:43 ( deg:m )19h 59m 6

Vulpecula Constellation's Star Breakdown


Type Breakdown


TypeDescriptionCount
AWhite 7,500 - 10,000k249
KLight Orange Star 3,700 - 5,200k188
BBlue-White 10,500 - 30,000k170
FYellow-White 6,000 - 7,500k153
GYellow 5,200 - 6,000k139
MRed Dwarf Star <3,700k28

Size Breakdown


TypeDescriptionCount
IIINormal Giant111
VMain Sequence95
IVSubgiant33
IIBright Giant14
IbLess Luminous Supergiant9
IaLuminous Supergiant7
IabIntermediate Luminous Supergiant5
WWolf-Rayet Star1
DDwarf Star1


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