Columba as depicted by Johannes Hevelius in his Firmamentum Sobiescianum sive Uranographia (1687). Source image provided by www.RareMaps.com — Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps Inc.
|Columba Constellation Profile
|Location: Southern Hemisphere
||Size/Area: 270 sq. deg.
||Size Rank: 55
|On Meridian: 9pm January 30th
||Best View (North): Winter
||Best View (South):
|Bordering Constellations: Pictor, Puppis, Canis Major, Lepus, Caelum
The Myth Behind the Constellation Columba
Sixteenth-century Dutch theologian and mapmaker Petrus Plancius formed Columba, “The Dove”, to represent the Dove sent out by Noah from the Ark to find dry land. The dove came back with an olive branch held in its beak, a sign that the great flood was subsiding.
Columba Constellation Points of Interest
Interesting stars and objects.
Bright Stars in Columba
These are the stars in Columbas with a minimum magnitude of 3.0.