Carina (The Keel)
Carina (pronounced kəˈraɪnə) is the Latin name of a large constellation (in fact it extends itself for about 50 degrees across the sky) situated south of the celestial equator. As such, it is more easily visible from the southern hemisphere.
In English language this constellation is also known as "The Keel" while in astronomical texts and literature this constellation is often abbreviated as "Car" (according to the standard of the International Astronomical Union - IAU) or as "Cari" (according to a naming convention used by NASA).
The Latin genitive of the constellation name is "Carinae" (pronounced kəˈraɪniː) and it is used to identify some of the brightest stars in this constellation based on the Bayer or Flamsteed star naming convention. For instance: α Carinae (the brightest star of Carina based on the Bayer catalog); or 23 Carinae (the 23th star in the constellation of Carina based on the Flamsteed catalog).
Sky chart of Carina from your location
Here we provide a simplified sky chart of the Carina constellation. Alternatively it is possible to locate Carina in the night sky using our Online Interactive Planetarium.
Visibility of Carina from your location
Carina is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
The rise and set times provided here are just directional indications and they refer to a point approximately placed at the center of the constellation. In case of very large constellations (like Carina actually is) these times can have little relevance.
Top bright stars in Carina
The table below lists the top 20 brightest stars in the Carina constellation. See also the complete list of 210 stars brighter than magnitude 6.5 (approximate) in the constellation of Carina. Click on each star to see more details about it.
|HR Number(*)||Star designation||Proper name||Visual magnitude||Color||Notes|
|...go to the complete list of 210 bright stars in the constellation of Carina|
(*) HR stands for Harvard Revised Bright Star Catalogue, which is also known as the Yale Catalogue of Bright Stars.
Top deep sky objects in Carina
The table below lists the 20 brightest deep sky objects in the Carina constellation. See also the complete list of 61 deep sky objects in the constellation of Carina. The list includes objects from the Messier, New General Catalogue (NGC) and Index Catalogue (IC).