Puppis 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.
|Puppis Constellation Profile
|Location: Southern Hemisphere
||Size/Area: 673 sq. deg.
||Size Rank: 20
|On Meridian: 9pm February 25th
||Best View (North): Feb./Mar.
||Best View (South):
|Bordering Constellations: Monoceros, Canis Major, Columba, Pictor, Carina, Vela, Pyxis, Hydra
The Myth Behind the Constellation Puppis
Puppis, “The Stern”, 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.
Puppis Constellation Points of Interest
|Interesting Objects in the Constellation Puppis
Bright Stars in Puppis
These are the stars in Puppis with a minimum magnitude of 3.0.