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Carina – The Keel

Carina is one of the 88 constellations within the celestial sphere.

Carina is one of the 29 constellations that represents an object.

Symbolism: Carina is also known as ‘The Keel’


History & Mythology

Carina is a prominent constellation in the southern sky, and is home to the 2nd brightest star in the night sky called Canopus. In Greek mythology, Carina represents the hull of the mythical ship Argo. Depicted in the 18th century by French astronomer Nicolas Louis De Lacaille.   


Key Data

Bordering Constellations: Carina is bordered by constellations Centaurus, Vela, Musca, Puppis, Chamaeleon, Pictor & Volans.

Sky Chart #: 2.

Star Raking: 32nd largest constellation in the celestial sphere. 

Main Stars: Carina consists of 9 main stars.

Brightest Star: Canopus.


Kids Fun Facts Corner

# 1. Carina has 11 stars with planets.

# 2. The Carina Nebula is within the constellation of Carina. 

# 3. Canopus is the brightest star in Carina.


Q&A Corner

Q. What is Carina also known as?

Q. How many main stars does Carina have?

Q. What is the brightest star in Carina?

Q. How many stars have planets in Carina?

Q. What number star ranking is Carina in the celestial sphere?

Download questions about the Carina Constellation here: Carina (answers are on this page)

Teachers. For more in depth work sheets on constellations. Click on Kidskonnect Worksheets  

For further reading on the Carina Constellation visit

  Key Vocabulary Constellation. Star. Celestial. Sphere.


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