Monoceros Constellation Myths and Facts

Monoceros: The Unicorn

Pronunciation: muh-NAH-ser-us
Monoceros, The Unicorn
Monoceros as depicted by Johannes Hevelius in his Firmamentum Sobiescianum sive Uranographia (1687). Source image provided by — Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps Inc.
Monoceros Constellation Profile
Abbreviation: Mon Genitive: Monocerotis
Origin: Ancient Location: Celestial Equator
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
Name Messier NGC Type Visibility
M50 NGC 2323 Open Cluster Binoculars

Bright Stars in Monoceros

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