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Carina (abbr. Car, gen. Carinae)





The Keel (part of Jason's ship, the Argo), a major southern constellation that is home to the second brightest star in the sky, Canopus. It lies to the south of Vela and the southeast of Centaurus. The Milky Way passing through Carina and Vela makes for a field rich in open clusters. See below for details of the constellation's brightest stars and interesting deep sky objects.


Carina constellation
Carina. © 2003 Torsten Bronger.
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Stars brighter than magnitude 4.0
Star Visual
mag.
Abs.
mag.
Spectral
type
Distance
(lt-yr)
R.A. (h m s) Dec. ( ° ' '' )
Alpha (Canopus) -0.62 -5.53 F0Ib 313 06 23 57 -52 41 44
Beta (Miaplacidus) 1.67 -1.00 A2III 111 09 13 12 -69 43 02
Epsilon (Avior) 1.86 -4.58 K3III+B2V 632 08 22 31 -59 30 34
Iota (Tureis, Aspidiske) 2.21 -4.43 A8Ib 693 09 17 05 -59 16 31
Theta 2.74 -2.91 B0V 439 10 42 57 -64 23 39
Upsilon 2.92 -5.57 A7Ib+B7III 1,620 09 47 06 -65 04 18
Omega 3.29 -1.99 B8III 370 10 13 44 -70 02 16
q 3.38 -3.38 K3IIa 736 10 17 05 -61 19 56
a 3.43 -2.11 B2IVe 419 09 10 58 -58 58 01
Chi 3.46 -1.91 B3IVp 387 07 56 47 -52 58 56
x 3.93 -7.37 G0Ia 5,930 11 08 35 -58 58 30


Other objects of interest
Name Type of Object Notes
NGC 2867 planetary nebula An object just within binocular range, lying between Iota and Chi Car. Magnitude 9.7; diameter 11"; R.A. 09h 21.4m, Dec. -58° 19'
Eta Carinae Nebula diffuse nebula NGC 3372. See separate entry
NGC 2516 open cluster A large cluster best seen with binoculars. It contains about 100 stars, including a fifth magnitude red giant. Magnitude 3.8; diameter 30'; R.A. 07h 58.3m, Dec. -60° 52'
NGC 3532 open cluster About 150 stars of sixth magnitude and fainter. Small telescopes show it well and reveal an elliptical shape. A magnitude 4 orange star at one edge is not a true member but is much more distant. Magnitude 3.0; diameter 55'; distance 1,300 light-years; R.A. 11h 06.4m, Dec. -58° 40'
Southern Pleiades open cluster IC 2602. See separate entry
Carina OB1 and OB2 open cluster See separate entry
NGC 2808 globular cluster A faint naked-eye object. Magnitude 6.3; diameter 14'; R.A. 09h 12.0m, Dec. -64° 52'
Carina Dwarf Galaxy galaxy See separate entry


Constellations
Andromeda | Antlia | Apus | Aquarius | Aquila | Ara | Aries | Auriga | Bootes | Caelum | Camelopardalis | Cancer | Canes Venatici | Canis Major | Canis Minor | Capricornus | Carina | Cassiopeia | Centaurus | Cepheus | Cetus | Chamaeleon | Circinus | Columba | Coma Berenices | Corona Austrina | Corona Borealis | Corvus | Crater | Crux | Cygnus | Delphinus | Dorado | Draco | Equuleus | Eridanus | Fornax | Gemini | Grus | Hercules | Horologium | Hydra | Hydrus | Indus | Lacerta | Leo | Leo Minor | Lepus | Libra | Lupus | Lynx | Lyra | Mensa | Microscopium | Monoceros | Musca | Norma | Octans | Ophiuchus | Orion | Pavo | Pegasus | Perseus | Phoenix | Pictor | Pisces | Piscis Austrinus | Puppis | Pyxis | Reticulum | Sagitta | Sagittarius | Scorpius | Sculptor | Scutum | Serpens | Sextans | Taurus | Telescopium | Triangulum | Triangulum Australe | Tucana | Ursa Major | Ursa Minor | Vela | Virgo | Volans | Vulpecula


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