The modern constellation of Monoceros, the Unicorn, lies east of Orion (his belt visible at lower right) and above Sirius (the bright star at bottom left). None of the stars have proper names. The luminary, Beta Mon, lies up and to the left of Gamma Mon, the somewhat orange-colored star that is somewhat pointed to by the Belt. Alpha Mon is at the left-hand edge a bit above center. The constellation continues a bit to the east (left). The famed Rosette Nebula is the reddish circular patch toward the upper right. Plaskett's Star is the brighter of the two just above the Rosette, the hot star 15 = S Mon is up and to the right of the Rosette, near the upper right hand corner, Epsilon (8) Mon is just down and to the right of the nebula, and 13 Mon is just up and to the right of it. 10 Mon is up and to the right of Beta. 7 Mon is to the left of Gamma.

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See Monoceros in context with the Winter Triangle.

See Monoceros in context with Orion and Canis Major.

Monoceros has a star with an orbiting PLANET.

For more on Monoceros, see Riding the Unicorn at Stellar Stories.

By Jim Kaler. Return to STARS.