PUPPIS (WEST) AND NORTHERN PICTOR
Sirius, in Canis Major, shines brightly at
the top edge of the picture. Far below it, just above one of the
observatory domes atop Kitt Peak in Arizona, lies the second
brightest star, Canopus. The stars of Puppis, the Stern (of Argo, the Ship)
lie to the left in the
picture, while northern Pictor (the Easel),
represented by Beta Pictoris, is somewhat
above and to the right of Canopus.
Southern Pictor is seen along with
southern Dorado and Reticulum.
Canopus is near the northern boundary of
Carina (the Keel). The third part of Argo,
Vela (the Sails) lies to the
east (to the left). The bright star Regor
(Gamma Velorum) is just above the dome at far left. The modern
constellation Columba, the Dove,
is represented by a small triangle
of stars just up and to the right of center.
Eridanus, the River, flows at far right. NGC 2451 is a prominent