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public Observing fromLocation: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
SunriseRise: 6:44  
clear_day Transit: 12:10  
SunsetSet: 17:38
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Vulpecula (The Fox) Constellation

Altitude: 16.8°   Azimuth: 287.8°   Direction: West-North-West

Vulpecula (pronounced vʌlˈpɛkjʊlə) is the Latin name of a large constellation (in fact it extends itself for about 37 degrees across the sky) situated close to the celestial equator. As such, it is at least partly visible from both hemispheres in certain times of the year.

In English language this constellation is also known as "The Fox" while in astronomical texts and literature this constellation is often abbreviated as "Vul" (according to the standard of the International Astronomical Union - IAU) or as "Vulp" (according to a naming convention used by NASA).

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

Vulpecula is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt. Altitude: 17°.
Available Resources for Vulpecula

Sky Chart of Vulpecula Constellation

Here we provide a simplified sky chart of the Vulpecula constellation. Alternatively it is possible to locate Vulpecula 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 Vulpecula Constellation

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

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

Azimuth: 65.9°
Max altitude: 62.6°
Azimuth: 294.1°
Vulpecula is above 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 Vulpecula actually is) these times can have little relevance.

Bright Stars in Vulpecula Constellation

The table below lists the top 20 brightest stars in the Vulpecula constellation. See also the complete list of 77 stars brighter than magnitude 6.5 (approximate) in the constellation of Vulpecula. Click on each star to see more details about it.

HR Number(*) Star designation Proper name Visual magnitude Color Notes
HR7405 α Vulpeculae Anser 4.44 Variable; Double;
HR7744 23 Vulpeculae 4.52
HR7592 13 Vulpeculae 4.58 Double;
HR7995 31 Vulpeculae 4.59 Variable;
HR7653 15 Vulpeculae 4.64 Variable;
HR7306 1 Vulpeculae 4.77 Variable; Multiple;
HR7739 4.78 Variable; Multiple;
HR7891 29 Vulpeculae 4.82
HR7939 30 Vulpeculae 4.91
HR7565 12 Vulpeculae 4.95 Variable;
HR7437 9 Vulpeculae 5 Variable; Multiple;
HR8008 32 Vulpeculae 5.01 Variable;
HR7894 28 Vulpeculae 5.04
HR7688 17 Vulpeculae 5.07
HR7741 22 Vulpeculae 5.15 Variable;
HR7385 4 Vulpeculae 5.16 Multiple;
HR7731 21 Vulpeculae 5.18 Variable;
HR7358 3 Vulpeculae 5.18 Variable;
HR7657 16 Vulpeculae 5.22 Double;
HR8032 33 Vulpeculae 5.31
...go to the complete list of 77 bright stars in the constellation of Vulpecula

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

Deep Sky Objects in Vulpecula Constellation

The table below lists the 20 brightest deep sky objects in the Vulpecula constellation. See also the complete list of 24 deep sky objects in the constellation of Vulpecula. The list includes objects from the Messier, New General Catalogue (NGC) and Index Catalogue (IC).

Name Type Magnitude
Cl399 (Brocchi's Cluster) Association of Stars 3.6 (V)
NGC 6940 Open Cluster 6.3 (V)
NGC 6823 Star Cluster + Nebula 7.1 (V)
Messier 27 (Dumbbell Nebula) Planetary Nebula 7.4 (V)
NGC 6830 Open Cluster 7.9 (V)
NGC 6802 Open Cluster 8.8 (V)
IC 4955 Nebula 12.98 (B)
NGC 7052 Galaxy 13.09 (V)
IC 1299 Open Cluster 14 (B)
NGC 6882 Open Cluster 14.1 (V)
NGC 6921 Galaxy 15 (B)
NGC 6820 Nebula 15 (B)
NGC 6800 Open Cluster N/A
NGC 6813 Planetary Nebula N/A
NGC 6815 Association of Stars N/A
NGC 6793 Open Cluster N/A
NGC 6827 Open Cluster N/A
IC 4954 HII Ionized region N/A
...go to the complete list of 24 deep sky objects in the constellation of Vulpecula