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Columba (Dove)

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Columba is located just south of Canis Major and Lepus. Columba is rather inconspicuous, the brightest star α Columbae having the magnitude of 2.65m.

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.

Neighbouring Constellations

Lepus (Hare)

Pictor (Painter)

Puppis (Stern)

Canis Major (Great Dog)

Picture of Columba