Monoceros (Greek: Μονόκερως) is a constellation on the celestial equator. Its name is Greek for unicorn. It was described by 17th-century Dutch cartographer Petrus Plancius. Orion is to the west of Monceros. Gemini is to the north. Canis Major is to the south. Hydra is to the east. Other constellations next to Monoceros are Canis Minor, Lepus and Puppis.
|Area||482 sq. deg. (35th)|
|Stars with planets||16|
|Stars brighter than 3.00m||0|
|Stars within 10.00 pc (32.62 ly)||2|
|Brightest star||β Mon (3.76m)|
|Meteor showers||December Monocerids|
|Visible at latitudes between +75° and −90°.|
Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of February.
Notable features change
Monoceros does have some interesting features to look at with a small telescope. Beta Monocerotis is a triple star system. The three stars form a triangle which looks to be in one spot. William Herschel commented that it is "one of the most beautiful sights in the heavens".