Monoceros 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.
|Monoceros Constellation Profile
|Location: Celestial Equator
||Size/Area: 482 sq. deg.
||Size Rank: 35
|On Meridian: 9pm February 20th
||Best View (North): Winter
||Best View (South):
|Bordering Constellations: Gemini, Orion, Lepus, Canis Major, Puppis, Hydra, Canis Minor
The Myth Behind the Constellation Monoceros
Monoceros, a modern constellation, was created by Dutch astronomer Petrus Plancius in the seventeenth century. It represents the mythical unicorn, a single-horned animal, which appears several times in the Bible. This star group was introduced in 1612 on a star globe created by Plancius. He also invented the constellation Camelopardalis.
Monoceros Constellation Points of Interest
|Interesting Objects in the Constellation Monoceros
Bright Stars in Monoceros
There are no stars in Monoceros with a magnitude of 3.0 or brighter.