Vulpecula: The Fox


Vulpecula, The Fox

Vulpecula from John Flamsteed’s Atlas Coelestis. Source image provided by — Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps Inc.

Vulpecula Constellation Profile
Abbreviation: Vul Genitive: Vulpecilae Origin: Hevelius
Location: Northern Hemisphere Size/Area: 278 sq. deg. Size Rank: 54
On Meridian: 9pm September 10th Best View (North): Summer Best View (South):
Bordering Constellations: Cygnus, Lyra, Hercules, Sagitta, Delphinus, Pegasus


The Myth Behind the Constellation Vulpecula

Vulpecula, “The Fox” is another modern constellation created by Polish astronomer Johannes Hevelius in the late seventeenth century.  Originally it was a double figure named Vulpecula cum Anser, “The Fox with the Goose”.  Today, only the fox is left.

Vulpecula Constellation Points of Interest

Interesting Objects in the Constellation Vulpecula
Name Messier NGC Type Visibility
Dumbbell Nebula M27 NGC 6853 Planetary Nebula Binoculars


Bright Stars in Vulpecula

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