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Dorado n : a constellation in the southern hemisphere near Reticulum and Pictor; contains most of the Large Magellanic Cloud

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Named by Dutch explorers Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman between 1595 and 1597. From dorato, ultimately from deauratus, the past participle of deaurō, "to gild"

Proper noun

  1. A small constellation of the southern sky, said to resemble a goldfish or swordfish. It lies between the constellations Pictor and Reticulum, and is notable for containing most of the Large Magellanic Cloud,



Extensive Definition

This article is about a constellation in the sky. For alternative uses, see Dorado (disambiguation).
Dorado (, ) is a southern constellation. The constellation was one of twelve constellations created by Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman between 1595 and 1597, and it first appeared in Johann Bayer's Uranometria of 1603. It is also known as Xiphias or the Sword-fish.
The name Dorado is not a Latin word, but is a Spanish descendant of Latin dē-aurātus = "gilded", but as a constellation name it is treated (by analogy of the adjacent old constellation Argo Navis) like a feminine proper name of Greek origin ending in -ō (like Io or Callisto or Argo) with genitive ending in -ūs (Greek e.g. Καλλίστω - Καλλίστους).
Dorado is notable for containing most of the Large Magellanic Cloud, the remainder being in the constellation Mensa. The South Ecliptic Pole also lies within this constellation.

Notable stars

Notable deep sky objects

Because Dorado contains part of the Large Magellanic Cloud, it is rich in deep sky objects. All coordinates given are for Epoch J2000.0.


  • The above deep sky objects appear in Norton's Star Atlas, 1973 edition.
  • Co-ordinates are obtained from Uranometria Chart Index and Skyview.
  • Images of the deep sky objects described herein may be viewed at Skyview.
  • Ian Ridpath and Wil Tirion (2007). Stars and Planets Guide, Collins, London. ISBN 978-0007251209. Princeton University Press, Princeton. ISBN 978-0691135564.
Dorado in Bengali: সুবর্ণাশ্রম মণ্ডল
Dorado in Belarusian: Сузор'е Залатая Рыба
Dorado in Bulgarian: Златна рибка (съзвездие)
Dorado in Catalan: Orada (constel·lació)
Dorado in Czech: Souhvězdí Mečouna
Dorado in Corsican: Dorado
Dorado in Danish: Guldfisken
Dorado in German: Schwertfisch (Sternbild)
Dorado in Modern Greek (1453-): Δοράς
Dorado in Spanish: Dorado (constelación)
Dorado in Esperanto: Orfiŝo (konstelacio)
Dorado in Persian: ماهی زرین (صورت فلکی)
Dorado in French: Dorade (constellation)
Dorado in Irish: An Colgán
Dorado in Korean: 황새치자리
Dorado in Croatian: Zlatna riba (zviježđe)
Dorado in Italian: Dorado (costellazione)
Dorado in Hebrew: דג זהב (קבוצת כוכבים)
Dorado in Latin: Dorado (sidus)
Dorado in Lithuanian: Aukso Žuvis
Dorado in Hungarian: Aranyhal csillagkép
Dorado in Dutch: Goudvis (sterrenbeeld)
Dorado in Japanese: かじき座
Dorado in Norwegian Nynorsk: Gullfisken
Dorado in Polish: Złota Ryba (gwiazdozbiór)
Dorado in Portuguese: Dorado
Dorado in Romanian: Peştele de Aur (constelaţie)
Dorado in Russian: Золотая Рыба (созвездие)
Dorado in Slovak: Súhvezdie Mečiar
Dorado in Finnish: Kultakala (tähdistö)
Dorado in Swedish: Svärdfisken
Dorado in Thai: กลุ่มดาวปลากระโทงแทง
Dorado in Vietnamese: Kiếm Ngư
Dorado in Turkish: Dorado (takımyıldız)
Dorado in Ukrainian: Золота Риба (сузір'я)
Dorado in Chinese: 劍魚座
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