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Vulpecula is a constellation in the northern sky which was introduced by Johannes Hevelius in 1690. It is surrounded by Cygnus, Lyra, Hercules, Sagitta, Delphinus and Pegasus.

It can be found in the celestial Northern Hemisphere near Cygnus and Sagitta, its name is Latin for 'little fox'.

Latin name Vulpecula
Latin genitive Vulpeculae
International abbreviation Vul
Number of stars 62
Symbology Little Fox

Remarkable objects

History and mythology

Originally the constellation was called "Vulpecula cum Ansere" (Little Fox with Goose). Old atlases depict a goose hanging lifeless in the mouth of a fleeing fox. In modern pictures only the fox remains. There is no legend about the fate of the goose.


88 Official Constellations by IAU

AndromedaAntliaApusAquariusAquilaAraAriesAurigaBoötesCaelumCamelopardalisCancerCanes VenaticiCanis MajorCanis MinorCapricornusCarinaCassiopeiaCentaurusCepheusCetusChamaeleonCircinusColumbaComa BerenicesCorona AustralisCorona BorealisCorvusCraterCruxCygnusDelphinusDoradoDracoEquuleusEridanusFornaxGeminiGrusHerculesHorologiumHydraHydrusIndusLacertaLeoLeo MinorLepusLibraLupusLynxLyraMensaMicroscopiumMonocerosMuscaNormaOctansOphiuchusOrionPavoPegasusPerseusPhoenixPictorPiscesPiscis AustrinusPuppisPyxisReticulumSagittaSagittariusScorpiusSculptorScutumSerpensSextansTaurusTelescopiumTriangulumTriangulum AustraleTucanaUrsa MajorUrsa MinorVelaVirgoVolansVulpecula