Carina is a Southern Hemisphere constellation otherwise known as the Keel. It was originally part of the Greek constellation Argo Navis but was divided into three separate constellations (Carina, Puppis, and Vela) by Abbe Nicolas Louis de Lacaille (Wikipedia) in the 1750s and published posthumously in Coelum Australe Stelliferum in 1763. Carina remains one of the 88 modern constellations defined by the International Astronomical Union (Wikipedia).

Carina (abbrev. = Car; genitive = Carinae) covers 494 square degrees or 1.20% of the celestial sphere making it the 34th largest constellation. It contains 225 stars brighter than apparent magnitude 6.5, the brightest star being Canopus.

For more information see the entries for Carina at Wikipedia and U. Wisconsin. For a chart of Carina, see Car (IAU).

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