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Puppis (The Poop Deck) Constellation

Puppis (pronounced ˈpʌpɪs) is the Latin name of a large constellation (in fact it extends itself for about 49 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 Poop deck" while in astronomical texts and literature this constellation is often abbreviated as "Pup" (according to the standard of the International Astronomical Union - IAU) or as "Pupp" (according to a naming convention used by NASA).

The Latin genitive of the constellation name is "Puppis" (pronounced ˈpʌpɪs) 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 Puppis (the brightest star of Puppis based on the Bayer catalog); or 23 Puppis (the 23th star in the constellation of Puppis based on the Flamsteed catalog).

Puppis is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
Available Resources for Puppis

Sky Chart of Puppis Constellation

Here we provide a simplified sky chart of the Puppis constellation. Alternatively it is possible to locate Puppis in the night sky using our Online Interactive Planetarium.

Chart of  constellation
This constellation image is derivatve work based on original work by IAU and Sky & Telescope magazine (Roger Sinnott & Rick Fienberg) CC-BY-3.0.

Visibility of Puppis Constellation

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's Puppis rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 124.5°
Max altitude: 4.0°
Azimuth: 235.5°
Puppis is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

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 Puppis actually is) these times can have little relevance.

Bright Stars in Puppis Constellation

The table below lists the top 20 brightest stars in the Puppis constellation. See also the complete list of 269 stars brighter than magnitude 6.5 (approximate) in the constellation of Puppis. Click on each star to see more details about it.

HR Number(*) Star designation Proper name Visual magnitude Color Notes
HR3165 ζ Puppis Naos 2.25
HR2773 π Puppis 2.7 Variable; Double;
HR3185 ρ Puppis Tureis 2.81 Variable; Double;
HR2553 τ Puppis 2.93
HR2451 ν Puppis 3.17 Variable;
HR2878 σ Puppis 3.25 Double;
HR3045 ξ Puppis Azmidi 3.34 Double;
HR3017 3.61 Variable;
HR3080 3.73
HR2996 3 Puppis 3.96
HR3055 4.11 Double;
HR3102 11 Puppis 4.2
HR3090 4.24
HR3192 16 Puppis 4.4
HR3129 4.41 Variable; Multiple;
HR3243 4.44 Double;
HR3270 4.45
HR2906 4.45
HR3225 4.45 Variable;
HR3084 4.49 Variable;
...go to the complete list of 269 bright stars in the constellation of Puppis

(*) HR stands for Harvard Revised Bright Star Catalogue, which is also known as the Yale Catalogue of Bright Stars.

Deep Sky Objects in Puppis Constellation

The table below lists the 20 brightest deep sky objects in the Puppis constellation. See also the complete list of 64 deep sky objects in the constellation of Puppis. The list includes objects from the Messier, New General Catalogue (NGC) and Index Catalogue (IC).

Name Type Magnitude
Messier 47 Open Cluster 4.4 (V)
NGC 2477 Open Cluster 5.8 (V)
Messier 46 Open Cluster 6.1 (V)
Messier 93 Open Cluster 6.2 (V)
NGC 2546 Open Cluster 6.3 (V)
NGC 2520 Open Cluster 6.5 (V)
NGC 2539 Open Cluster 6.5 (V)
NGC 2423 Open Cluster 6.7 (V)
NGC 2439 Open Cluster 6.9 (V)
NGC 2571 Open Cluster 7 (V)
Mel071 Open Cluster 7.1 (V)
NGC 2409 Open Cluster 7.3 (V)
NGC 2482 Open Cluster 7.3 (V)
NGC 2396 Open Cluster 7.4 (V)
NGC 2567 Open Cluster 7.4 (V)
NGC 2483 Open Cluster 7.6 (V)
NGC 2533 Open Cluster 7.6 (V)
NGC 2414 Open Cluster 7.9 (V)
NGC 2489 Open Cluster 7.9 (V)
...go to the complete list of 64 deep sky objects in the constellation of Puppis