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Puppis (Poop Deck)

The former constellation Argo Navis was split into four smaller constellations by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille in the middle of the 18th century. The largest of these four constellations is Puppis, representing the poop deck of the ship. Due to the similarity with the english word puppies, people also like to see small dogs here these days. The brightest star in Puppis is Naos (the ship). With a magnitude of only 2.3m, Naos is not a super-bright star, but still well visible with the naked eye.
Nicolas Louis de Lacaille (1713-1762) was a french astronomer who was the first to created a complete map of the southern hemisphere. In total, Lacaille introduced 18 new constellations, giving them names from arts and of scientific instruments.
Puppis covers an area of the Milky Way, thus containing a lot of interesting deep-sky objects. Messier object number 47 (M47) for example is a star cluster containing about 50 stars of 6th magnitude at a distance of about 3800 light years. If you are in a dark spot, you can see it with the naked eye.
This constellation belongs to the zodiac. Its time of the year is between and . This constellation does not belong to the zodiac. It's brightest star is (not in database).
Neighboring constellations are Pyxis, Vela, Carina, Pictor, Columba, Canis Major, Hydra, and Monoceros. Have a look at our full list of all constellations.
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Latin name:  Puppis (Pup)
English name:  Poop Deck
Abbreviation:  Pup
Zodiac:  Constellation does not belong to the zodiac.
Brightest star:  (not in database)
Historic illustration of Argo Navis, with the Poop Deck in the front.

Objects in Poop Deck

A selection of interesting objects visible with a telescope.
NGC 2440
a planetary nebula in the constellation Poop Deck
Image credit: NASA/ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI)

NGC 2525
a barred spiral galaxy in the constellation Poop Deck
Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, A. Riess and the SH0ES team. Acknowledgment: Mahdi Zamani

M93 (NGC 2447)
an open star cluster in the constellation Poop Deck
Image credit: Sergio Eguivar

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