Dorado: The Goldfish, The Dolphinfish


Dorado, The Goldfish

Dorado as depicted by Andreas Cellarius in his Harmonia Macrocosmica.

Dorado Constellation Profile
Abbreviation: Dor Genitive: Doradus Origin: Keyser/de Houtman
Location: Southern Hemisphere Size/Area: 179 sq. deg. Size Rank: 72
On Meridian: 9pm January 20th Best View (North): Best View (South):
Bordering Constellations: Mensa, Volans, Pictor, Caelum, Horologium, Reticulum, Hydrus


The Myth Behind the Constellation Dorado

Dorado, “The Goldfish” refers to the dolphinfish, a colorful fish also know as Mahi-Mahi.  It was created by Dutch navigators Pieter Dirkszoon and Frederick de Houtman.  These fish were seen chasing flying fish, so Dorado was placed in the sky in pursuit of the constellation Volans, “The Flying Fish.”

Dorado Constellation Points of Interest

Interesting stars and objects.

Bright Stars in Dorado

There are no stars in Dorado with a magnitude of 3.0 or brighter.