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Delphinus

Quick Facts

Name:Delphinus
del-FINE-uss
Meaning:Dolphin
Abbreviation:Del
Genitive:Delphini
Visible in Latitudes:90° thru -70°
Viewing Season:Summer
Best Seen In:September, 9:00 pm
Transit Date:July 31
Right Ascension:20.70 hours
Declination:13.8 degrees
Area:188.549 sq. degrees

Star Diagram

Star Diagram: Delphinus

About Delphinus

Delphinus, the Dolphin, was known by Ancient Greeks as the 'Sacred Fish' and appears twice in mythology. Once, a dolphin helped Posideon locate the mermaid, Amphitrite, and brought her back to be Poseidon's Queen in his golden palace at the bottom of the sea. As a reward, Poseidon placed the dolphin among the stars. The second appearance is when Arion, a poet and musician, was sailing back to Greece. His crew turned against him, and using a Lyre, he summoned up a school of dolphins, throwing himself into the sea; one of the dolphins carried him on its back to Greece.

Named Stars

 
NameStar
SualocinAlpha Del
RotanevBeta Del
Deneb DulfimEpsilon Del

Neighboring Constellations

AquariusPegasus
AquilaSagitta
EquuleusVulpecula
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