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Puppis – The Stern

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

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

Symbolism: Puppis  is also known as ‘The Stern’

 

 

History & Mythology

Puppis is a major southern constellation that was originally part of a larger constellation known as Argo Navis. Known to the ancient Greeks, Puppis represents the stern of the mythical ship called Argo that sailed on the quest for the golden fleece. Puppis was divided up in the 1750’s by French astronomer Nicholas Louis De Lacaille. Puppis is the larger of the other 2 constellations that make up the ship. Carina being the hull, and Vela the sails.   

Key Data

Bordering Constellations: Puppis is bordered by constellations Hydra, Monoceros, Canis Major, Pyxis, Columba, PictorVelaCarina.

Sky Chart #: 6.

Star Raking: 20th largest constellation in the celestial sphere. 

Main Stars: Puppis consists of 9 main stars.

Brightest Star: Zeta Puppis. 

 

Kids Fun Facts Corner

# 1. Puppis has 6 stars with planets.

# 2. Naos is one of the hottest stars visible to the naked eye.

# 3. Zeta Puppis is the brightest star in Puppis.

 

Q&A Corner

Q. What is Puppis also known as?

Q. How many main stars does Puppis have?

Q. What is the brightest star in Puppis?

Q. How many stars have planets in Puppis?

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

Download questions about the Puppis Constellation here: Puppis 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 Puppis Constellation visit www.constellation-guide.com/puppis

  Key Vocabulary Constellation. Star. Celestial. Sphere.

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