Southern Hemisphere

Carina Carinae (Car)

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Carina, a major southern constellation, was originally part of the larger figure of Argo Navis, representing the ship of the Argonauts, until that constellation was split into three in the 18th century In Greek mythology, the Argo was a mighty 50-oared galley in which Jason and 50 of the greatest greek heroes, called the Argonauts, sailed to Colchis, on the eastern shore of the Black sea, to fetch the golden fleece of a ram. Their journey there and back is one of the epic stories of greek myth. Carina, which represents the ship's keel, inherited many of the best objects from Argo Navis, including its most prominent star, Canopus.

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