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Dorado Constellation
Constellation Dorado

Dorado, the Swordfish (Dor)

The constellation of Dorado, the Swordfish, is best viewed in the Winter season during the month of January for mid-northern latitudes. It's brightest star is Alpha Doradus at magnitude 3.27. The boundary of the Dorado constellation contains 5 stars that host known exoplanets.

The naked eye can generally see up to magnitude 6 (magnitude 8 with perfect eyes under ideal super dark-sky conditions).

      1. Meaning:
      2. Swordfish
      1. Genitive:
      2. Doradus
      1. Abbreviation:
      2. Dor
      1. Constellation Family:
      2. Bayer
      1. Best Viewing Month*:
      2. January
      1. Circumpolar** (N=northern, S=southern):
      2. S
      1. Right Ascension (avg):
      2. 5h 20m
      1. Declination (avg):
      2. -63° 1'
      1. Brightest Star:
      2. Alpha Doradus (3.27m)
      1. Exoplanet Host Stars:
      2. 5
      1. Triple Stars:
      2. 2
      1. Caldwell objects:
      2. C103,
      1. X-ray Stars:
      2. 7 binaries stars
      1. Pulsars:
      2. 2
      1. Other:
      2. Hypergiant

    * For southern latitudes, flip the season listed. For example, if a constellation is listed as best viewed in the summer in the month of July, in the southern hemisphere the constellation would be best viewed in the winter in January and would be upside-down.

    ** Circumpolar constellations are visible year-round in the hemisphere listed.

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