Dorado Constellation Myths and Facts

Dorado: The Goldfish, The Dolphinfish

Pronunciation: duh-RAH-do
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
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.