Constellation The Dolphin

Delphinus (The Dolphin): gift, map and visability

  • Meaning: The Dolphin
  • Best seen in: September
  • Family: Heavenly Waters
  • Latitude: +90° to -70°

Delphinus or The Dolphin is one of the 88 constellations modern astronomers have divided the sky into. It's part of the Heavenly Waters constellation family. Delphinus is best seen in September (from latitudes +90° to -70°).

Delphinus was granted a place in the sky because he was a favorite of the Greek sea god Poseidon. It was at one time referred to as Job’s coffin. The constellation contains six main stars that make up its shape. Two stars in Delphinus have the peculiar names Sualocin and Rotanev. Read backward, these names spell out Nicolaus Venator, the only astronomer to name a star after himself and get away with it.

Delphinus Constellation Map

Delphinus Constellation Map
Delphinus icon

Main Stars in The Dolphin (Delphinus)

The constellation Delphinus contains several bright stars that make up its shape. Some of these main stars are known as:

  • Alpha Delphini
  • Beta Delphini
  • Gamma Delphini
  • Delta Delphini
  • Epsilon Delphini
  • Tso Ke

Some of the deep sky objects which have been discovered in Delphinus include: NGC 6934, NGC 6891, Blue Flash Nebula, NGC 7006.

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