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Monoceros – The Unicorn

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

Monoceros is one of the 17 constellations that represents an mythical character.  

Symbolism: Monoceros is also known as ‘The Unicorn’


History & Mythology

Introduced by the Dutch cartographer Petrus Plancius in the 17th century, it’s Greek name means ‘Unicorn’ Monoceros is a large constellation however not a prominent one. Monoceros is situated between constellations Hydra & Orion. Monoceros has many Nebulae & Clusters.   

Key Data

Bordering Constellations: Monoceros is bordered by constellations Puppis, Orion, Lepus, Hydra, Gemini, Canis Minor & Canis Major.

Sky Chart #: 6.

Star Raking: 35th largest constellation in the celestial sphere. 

Main Stars: Monoceros consists of 4 main stars.

Brightest Star: Beta Monocerotis.


Kids Fun Facts Corner

# 1. Monoceros has 16 stars with planets.

# 2. Monoceros has 4 Deep-Sky Objects. M50, NGC 2237, NGC 2264 & Red Rectangle.

# 3. Beta Monocerotis is the brightest star in Monoceros.


Q&A Corner

Q. What is Monoceros also known as?

Q. How many main stars does Monoceros have?

Q. What is the brightest star in Monoceros?

Q. How many stars have planets in Monoceros?

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

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

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

For further reading and more information on the Monoceros Constellation visit

  Key Vocabulary Constellation. Star. Celestial. Sphere.


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