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Vulpecula, The Fox 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 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.

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 81540.84 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.

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 Count5
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 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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