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).
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.
Visibility of Puppis Constellation
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Today's Puppis rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):
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|
|HR2773||π Puppis||2.7||⬤||Variable; Double;|
|HR3185||ρ Puppis||Tureis||2.81||⬤||Variable; Double;|
|...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).