Columba (The Dove)
Columba (pronounced koʊˈlʌmbə) is the Latin name of a constellation 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 Dove" while in astronomical texts and literature this constellation is often abbreviated as "Col" (according to the standard of the International Astronomical Union - IAU) or as "Colm" (according to a naming convention used by NASA).
The Latin genitive of the constellation name is "Columbae" (pronounced koʊˈlʌmbiː) 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 Columbae (the brightest star of Columba based on the Bayer catalog); or 23 Columbae (the 23th star in the constellation of Columba based on the Flamsteed catalog).
Sky chart of Columba from your location
Here we provide a simplified sky chart of the Columba constellation. Alternatively it is possible to locate Columba in the night sky using our Online Interactive Planetarium.
Visibility of Columba from your location
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 these times can have little relevance.
Top bright stars in Columba
The table below lists the top 20 brightest stars in the Columba constellation. See also the complete list of 78 stars brighter than magnitude 6.5 (approximate) in the constellation of Columba. Click on each star to see more details about it.
|HR Number(*)||Star designation||Proper name||Visual magnitude||Color||Notes|
|HR1956||α Columbae||Phact||2.64||⬤||Variable; Double;|
|...go to the complete list of 78 bright stars in the constellation of Columba|
(*) HR stands for Harvard Revised Bright Star Catalogue, which is also known as the Yale Catalogue of Bright Stars.
Top deep sky objects in Columba
The table below lists the 20 brightest deep sky objects in the Columba constellation. See also the complete list of 26 deep sky objects in the constellation of Columba. The list includes objects from the Messier, New General Catalogue (NGC) and Index Catalogue (IC).