Monoceros: The Unicorn


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 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
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.