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Dorado Constellation
Constellation Dorado the Swordfish Star Map

Dorado, the Swordfish (Dor)


The constellation of Dorado, the Swordfish, is best viewed in Winter during the month of January. It's brightest star is Alpha Doradus at magnitude 3.27. The boundary of the Dorado constellation contains 5 stars that host known exoplanets.

Red hypergiant WOH G64 is the 2nd largest known star in the universe at 1,600 times the size of the Sun.

      1. Pronunciation:
      2. duh-RAH-doe
      1. Meaning:
      2. Swordfish
      1. Genitive:
      2. Doradus
      1. Abbreviation:
      2. Dor
      1. Constellation Family:
      2. Bayer
      1. Hemisphere:
      2. Southern
      1. Quadrant:
      2. SQ1
      1. Best viewing month*:
      2. January
      1. Right Ascension (avg):
      2. 5h 20m
      1. Declination (avg):
      2. -63° 1'
      1. Brightest star:
      2. Alpha Doradus  (3.27)
      1. Stars with planets:
      2. 5
      1. X-ray stars:
      2. 14 (7 binaries) stars

    Star Clusters in Dorado

    The most notable, famous, and easy-to-find star clusters in the constellation Dorado :

        1. Star cluster
        2. Catalog #
        3. Cluster type

      Nebulae in Dorado

      The most notable, famous, and easy-to-find nebulae in the constellation Dorado:

          1. Nebula name
          2. Catalog #
          3. Nebula type

        Galaxies in Dorado

        The most notable, famous, and easy-to-find galaxies in the constellation Dorado:

            1. Galaxy name
            2. Catalog #
            3. Galaxy type

          Neutron Stars in Dorado

          These are the most well-known neutron stars in the constellation Dorado. Although neutron stars cannot be seen in any amateur telescope, they are at the center of many supernova remnant nebulae, which can be seen.

              1. Neutron star
              2. Type

            * For southern latitudes, flip the season listed. For example, if a constellation is listed as best viewed in the summer in the month of July, in the southern hemisphere the constellation would be best viewed in the winter in January and would be upside-down.

            ** Circumpolar constellations are visible year-round in the hemisphere listed (and not at all in the opposite).