NAME: Monoceros (MON-oh-SAIR-ose)
CULMINATION: midnight, 5 January
GENITIVE: Monocerotis (MON-oh-sur-OH-tis)
NEIGHBORS: CMa, CMi, Gem, Hya, Lep, Ori, Pup
BINOCULAR OBJECTS: NGC 2232, NGC 2244, NGC 2251, NGC 2264, NGC 2301, NGC 2323 (M 50), NGC 2343
URBAN OBJECTS: NGC 2232, NGC 2244, NGC 2264, NGC 2301, NGC 2323 (M 50), 11-beta (STF 919)
Monoceros is a dim, mid-size equatorial constellation that ranks 35th in size among the 88 constellations. Monoceros covers 482 square degrees of the celestial sphere, or about 1.2%. Monoceros is one of the faintest of the constellations. It’s brightest star is only fourth magnitude, and the fact that it is surrounded by the bright constellations Orion, Gemini, Canis ...