Carina was part of Argo Navis, depicted here by Johannes Hevelius in his Firmamentum Sobiescianum sive Uranographia (1687). Source image provided by www.RareMaps.com — Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps Inc.
|Carina Constellation Profile
|Location: Southern Hemisphere
||Size/Area: 494 sq. deg.
||Size Rank: 34
|On Meridian: 9pm March 15th
||Best View (North): Spring
||Best View (South):
|Bordering Constellations: Vela, Puppis, Pictor, Volans, Chamaeleon, Musca, Centaurus
The Myth Behind the Constellation Carina
Carina, “The Keel”, was part of a much larger constellation known as Argo Navis, the ship Argo. Argo was the vessel that Jason and the Argonauts sailed on during their quest for the Golden Fleece (see Aries.) In the mid-eighteenth century French astronomer Nicolas-Louis de La Caille divided this super constellation into three parts; Carina, Puppis and Vela. He also created a fourth constellation, Pyxis, using stars from part of this vast group.
Carina Constellation Points of Interest
Interesting stars and objects.
Bright Stars in Carina
These are the stars in Carina with a minimum magnitude of 3.0.
||Alpha Alpha Carinae