Carina (constellation)

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Carina
Carina
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List of stars in Carina
Abbreviation: Car
Genitive: Carinae
Symbology:
Right ascension: 9 h
Declination: −60°
Area: 494 sq. deg. (34th)
Main stars: 9
Bayer/Flamsteed stars: 52
Stars known to have planets: 9
Bright stars: 6
Nearby stars: 1
Brightest star: Canopus (α Car) (−0.72m)
Nearest star: LHS 288 ( ly)
Messier objects: 0
Meteor showers:
Bordering constellations:
Visible at latitudes between +20° and −90°
Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of March
Map of the constellation

Carina is a constellation in the southern sky. It means the keel of a ship in Latin. It used to be part of the constellation named Argo Navis. Then, Argo Navis was split into three constellations. The astronomer named Ptolemy listed Argo Navis when he made a list of 48 constellations. Carina is one of the 88 modern constellations that were made by the International Astronomical Union.

The star named Canopus is in Carina. Canopus is the second brightest star in the night sky. The Carina Nebula is also in Carina. It is very large emission nebula. It is a region where stars form.

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