#stargazingsaturday | Puppis

PUPPIS constellation is located in the southern hemisphere. It represents the stern of a ship. Argo Navis was first cataloged by the astronomer Ptolemy in the 2nd century. It was divided into the smaller constellations by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille in 1752.

Puppis used to be part of the much larger constellation Argo Navis, which represented the ship on which Jason and the Argonauts sailed to get the Golden Fleece, before the constellation was divided into several smaller ones: Carina(the keel), Vela (the sails) and Puppis (the stern).

Puppis is the 20th constellation in size, occupying an area of 673 square degrees. It lies in the second quadrant of the southern hemisphere (SQ2) and can be seen at latitudes between +40° and -90°. 


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