The Little Fox

Abbreviation: Vul
Genitive: Vulpeculae
Origin: Johannes Hevelius

The constellation of Vulpecula

When Polish astronomer Johannes Hevelius created this constellation in the late seventeenth century, he named it Vulpecula cum Ansere or the Little Fox and Goose. The goose has since been dropped from the name of the constellation.

Notable Features

Designation Name Description
α Vul Anser The name of this star is taken from the name of the obsolete constellation, Anser.
M27 Dumbbell Nebula This planetary nebula can be viewed through binoculars. It was the first planetary nebula discovered by Charles Messier.
C73 The open cluster C73 is located near the Dumbbell Nebula. It is below naked-eye visibility so optical aids are necessary to view it.