name = Puppis
abbreviation = Pup
genitive = Puppis
symbology = the Poop Deck
RA = 7.5
areatotal = 673
arearank = 20th
numbermainstars = 9
numberbfstars = 76
numberstarsplanets = 5
numberbrightstars = 1
numbernearbystars = 2
brighteststarname = ζ Pup (Naos)
starmagnitude = 2.25
stardistance = 41
numbermessierobjects = 3 | numbermessierobjects = 3
Pi Puppids Zeta Puppids Puppid-Velids
latmax = 40
latmin = 90
month = February
Notable deep sky objects
milky wayruns through Puppis, there are a large number of open clusters in the constellation. Messier 46 (M46) and Messier 47 (M47) are two open clusters in the same binocular field. M47 can be seen with the naked eye under dark skies, and its brightest stars are 6th magnitude. Messier 93 (M93) is another open cluster somewhat to the south. NGC 2451 is a very bright open cluster containing the star c Puppis.
extrasolar planetsystems have been found around stars in the constellation Puppis, including:
*On July 1, 2003, a planet was found orbiting the star
HD 70642. This planetary systemis much like Jupiterwith a wide, circular orbit and a long-period.
*On May 17, 2006,
HD 69830(the nearest star of this constellation) was discovered to have three Neptune-mass planets, the first multi-planetary system without any Jupiter-like or Saturn-like planets. The star also hosts an asteroid beltat the region between middle planet to outer planet.
*On June 21, 2007, the first extrasolar planet found in the
open cluster NGC 2423, was discovered around the red giantstar NGC 2423-3. The planet is at least 10.6 times the mass of Jupiter and orbits at 2.1 AU distance.
*On September 22, 2008, two Jupiter-like planets were discovered around
HD 60532. HD 60532 bhas a minimum massof 1.03 MJ and orbits at 0.759 AU and takes 201.3 days to complete the orbit. HD 60532 chas a minimum mass of 2.46 MJ and orbits at 1.58 AU and takes 604 days to complete the orbit.
* Ian Ridpath and Wil Tirion (2007). "Stars and Planets Guide", Collins, London. ISBN 978-0007251209.
Princeton University Press, Princeton. ISBN 978-0691135564.
* Richard Hinckley Allen, "Star Names, Their Lore and Legend",
New York, Dover.
* [http://www.allthesky.com/constellations/puppis/constell.html The Deep Photographic Guide to the Constellations: Puppis]
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