Columba (constellation) facts for kids
|Right ascension||05h 03m 53.8665s–06h 39m 36.9263s|
|Area||270 sq. deg. (54th)|
|Stars with planets||1|
|Stars brighter than 3.00m||1|
|Stars within 10.00 pc (32.62 ly)||0|
|Brightest star||α Col (Phact) (2.65m)|
|Nearest star||Gliese 218
(48.89 ly, 14.99 pc)
|Visible at latitudes between +45° and −90°.
Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of February.
Plancius originally named the constellation Columba Noachi ("Noah's Dove"), referring to the dove that gave Noah the information that the Great Flood was receding. This name is found on early 17th-century celestial globes and star atlases. Columba may also represent the dove released by Jason and the Argonauts at the Black Sea's mouth; it helped them navigate the dangerous Symplegades.
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