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Delphinus - The Dolphin Constellation

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The magic star that is mentioned in the song ‘Danny the Dolphin’ is the star constellation Delphinus which is found in the Northern sky close to the celestial equator.
Its name is Latin for dolphin. It is one of the smaller constellations, ranked 69th in size out of 88. Delphinus was one of the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd century astronomer Ptolemy, and it remains among the 88 modern constellations recognized by the International Astronomical Union.
Delphinus brightest stars form a distinctive pattern of stars that can easily be recognized, as shown in the two pictures.

Fun facts about this constellation:

The 4 main stars in Delphinus form a rectangle called "Job's Coffin"
The early Christians saw Delphinus as the Cross of Jesus
Arabs call Delphinus Al Ka' vd- the riding camel
Saint Delphinus was once the Bishop of Bordeaux, France during the period 380-404AD
The feast day of Saint Delphinus is 24th December
The names of the two brightest stars in Delphinus, Sualocin and Rotanev when read backward, form the name Nicolaus Venator, the assistant director of Italy’s Palermo Observatory in 1814
The common dolphin’s scientific name is known as Delphinus delphís

 

 

 

 

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