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A Field Book of the Stars/Delphinus

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DELPHINUS (del-fi'-nus)—THE DOLPHIN, OR JOB'S COFFIN. (Face Southeast.)

Location.—The little cluster of five stars forming Delphinus is to be seen about 10 degrees northeast of Altair, and, though there are no bright stars in the group, it can hardly escape notice. A line drawn from Vega to Albireo, and prolonged about 20 degrees, strikes the star (ε) in the tail of the Dolphin. The four other stars of prominence in the constellation are a little above (ε), and form a diamond-shaped figure.

The little asterisms Sagitta, the Arrow, and Vulpecula and Anser, the Fox and Goose, are shown just above Delphinus.

Delphinus is also called Job's Coffin. The origin of this appellation is unknown.

In Greece, Delphinus was the Sacred Fish, the sky emblem of philanthropy. The Arabs called it the "Riding Camel."