The Dove

Abbreviation: Col
Genitive: Columbae

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Dutch astronomer Petrus Plancius introduced this constellation in the early seventeenth century. It was originally published under the name Columba Noachi or 'Noah's Dove' after the dove that Noah released after the Great Flood.

Notable Features

Designation Name Description
α Col Phact Appropriately, the name of the brightest star in the constellation of the dove is Arabic for 'ring dove'.
β Col Wazn
C73 This globular cluster can be seen through a medium-size telescope.