The Constellation Dorado

by Dominic Ford
Dorado Dorado
The constellation Dorado. Roll mouse over to see labels.
Source: Stellarium.

Dorado is a small and not particularly conspicuous constellation in the southern sky, visible in the evening sky in the months around November.

Its brightest stars are of third magnitude, but it is better known for its rich offering of deep sky objects than for its stars.

The Milky Way's dwarf satellite galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud, falls mostly within Dorado, with the remainder lying in Mensa. Numerous open star cluster are visible within this part of the sky, as well as a swarm of globular clusters.

Behind the Large Magellanic Cloud, a number of more distant galaxies are also visible, including the bright face-on spiral galaxy NGC 1566.

Dorado is among the dozen constellations introduced by Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman which celebrate rare or exotic animals, and it first appeared on star maps in 1598. It is usually identified as a goldfish, but has also been depicted as a swordfish.

Date First Appeared
1598 (Keyser & de Houtman)
Sky Area
0.4% of the sky
179.2 square degrees
Messier Objects
Dorado contains no Messier objects
Caldwell Objects
Dorado contains the following Caldwell object: C103.
Neighbors
The following constellations neighbor Dorado: Caelum, Horologium, Hydrus, Mensa, Pictor, Reticulum, Volans.
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Brightest Objects in Dorado

Stars Open Clusters Globular Clusters Galaxies
Stars Open Clusters Globular Clusters Galaxies
α-Dor (mag 3.3) NGC 1805 (mag 0.0) NGC 1652 (mag 0.0) NGC 1506 (mag 0.0)
β-Dor (mag 3.8) NGC 1676 (mag 0.0) NGC 1806 (mag 0.0) NGC 1688 (mag 0.0)
γ-Dor (mag 4.3) NGC 1863 (mag 0.0) NGC 1786 (mag 10.1) NGC 1853 (mag 0.0)
δ-Dor (mag 4.3) NGC 2125 (mag 0.0) NGC 1835 (mag 10.6) NGC 2230 (mag 0.0)
36-Dor (mag 4.6) NGC 2151 (mag 0.0) NGC 1978 (mag 10.7) IC 2038 (mag 0.0)
ζ-Dor (mag 4.7) NGC 2092 (mag 0.0) NGC 1783 (mag 10.9) IC 2079 (mag 0.0)
θ-Dor (mag 4.8) NGC 1994 (mag 0.0) NGC 2210 (mag 10.9) NGC 1765 (mag 0.0)
ν-Dor (mag 5.0) NGC 1901 (mag 0.0) NGC 1846 (mag 11.3) NGC 2082 (mag 0.0)
η²-Dor (mag 5.0) NGC 2176 (mag 0.0) NGC 1868 (mag 11.6) IC 2018 (mag 0.0)
ε-Dor (mag 5.1) NGC 2094 (mag 0.0) NGC 1953 (mag 11.7) IC 2050 (mag 0.0)
λ-Dor (mag 5.1) NGC 1850 (mag 9.0) NGC 2154 (mag 11.8) IC 2083 (mag 0.0)
WZ Dor (mag 5.2) NGC 2100 (mag 9.6) NGC 1898 (mag 11.9) NGC 1669 (mag 0.0)
κ-Dor (mag 5.3) NGC 1910 (mag 9.7) NGC 2249 (mag 12.2) NGC 1809 (mag 0.0)
28-Dor (mag 5.3) NGC 1866 (mag 9.7) NGC 2108 (mag 12.3) NGC 2228 (mag 0.0)
π²-Dor (mag 5.4) NGC 2004 (mag 9.8) NGC 1917 (mag 12.3) IC 2070 (mag 0.0)
π¹-Dor (mag 5.6) NGC 1818 (mag 9.8) NGC 1795 (mag 12.4) NGC 1578 (mag 0.0)
η¹-Dor (mag 5.7) NGC 1755 (mag 9.8) NGC 2155 (mag 12.6) NGC 1703 (mag 0.0)
R Dor (mag 5.7) NGC 1856 (mag 10.1) NGC 2257 (mag 12.6) NGC 1892 (mag 0.0)
HD 27604 (mag 6.1) NGC 2157 (mag 10.2) NGC 2120 (mag 12.7) NGC 2233 (mag 0.0)
HD 31746 (mag 6.1) NGC 2164 (mag 10.3) NGC 2162 (mag 12.7) IC 2039 (mag 0.0)
HD 36876 (mag 6.2) NGC 2041 (mag 10.4) NGC 1644 (mag 12.9) IC 2081 (mag 0.0)
HD 37935 (mag 6.3) NGC 1916 (mag 10.4) NGC 2231 (mag 13.2) NGC 1771 (mag 0.0)
HD 46730 (mag 6.3) NGC 1854 (mag 10.4) NGC 2193 (mag 13.4) IC 2028 (mag 0.0)
HD 37501 (mag 6.3) NGC 1951 (mag 10.6) IC 2058 (mag 0.0)
HD 39963 (mag 6.4) NGC 2136 (mag 10.7) IC 2085 (mag 0.0)

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39.04°N
77.49°W
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