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Mythology of a Constellation: Delphinus

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Lexi Smith

on 7 September 2016

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Transcript of Mythology of a Constellation: Delphinus

The small constellation contains a few moderately bright stars and no notable deep sky objects.

It bears a resemblance a dolphin leaping out of water. Giving it the nickname
"Tail of the Dolphin"
The Myth #1
The constellation is believed to represent a dolphin that helped Poseidon locate the mermaid, Amphrite. As a reward, Poseidon placed the dolphin among the stars.
The Myth #2
Apollo, the god of poetry and music, placed the dolphin among the constellations for saving the life of Arion, a poet and musician born on the island of Lesbos whose skill with the Lyre made him famous in the 7th century BC. Apollo placed the dolphin next to the constellation Lyra in the sky and Lyra represents Arion's Lyre.
Delphinus Sketch
More Facts
Delphinus is the 69th constellation in size, occupying an area of 189 square degrees.

It lies in the fourth quadrant of the northern hemisphere (NQ4) and can be seen at latitudes between +90° and -70°.
Delphinus is located in the Northern sky. The name Delphinus means "the dolphin" in Latin.
Mythology of a Constellation: Delphinus
Stars In Delphinus
Delphinus has 5 main stars.
It's 4 main stars form a rectangle called "Jobs Coffin".
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