Constellation The Dove

Columba (The Dove): gift, map and visability

  • Meaning: The Dove
  • Best seen in: February
  • Family: Heavenly Waters
  • Latitude: +45° to -90°

Columba or The Dove is one of the 88 constellations modern astronomers have divided the sky into. It's part of the Heavenly Waters constellation family. Columba is best seen in february (from latitudes +45° to -90°).

Columba is supposed to represent Noah’s dove, sent out from the Ark to find dry land, which returned with an olive branch in its beak, a sign that the Flood was at last subsiding. It is also thought to, perhaps, represent the dove sent by the Argonauts to ensure their safe passage between the Clashing Rocks. Seven main stars make up the shape of the Dove.

Columba Constellation Map

Columba Constellation Map
Columba icon

Main Stars in The Dove (Columba)

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

  • Phact
  • Wezn
  • Ghusn al Zaitun
  • Gamma Columbae
  • Mu Columbae
  • Epsilon Columbae
  • Eta Culumbae

Some of the deep sky objects which have been discovered in Columba include: NGC 1808, NGC 1851.

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