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Rangifer (constellation)

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Rangifer (constellation)

Tarandus and the likewise-obsolete constellation of Custos Messium depicted above Camelopardalis.

Rangifer was a small constellation located between the constellations of Cassiopeia and Camelopardalis. It is also known as Tarandus. Both words mean "reindeer" in Latin. "Rangifer" is the generic name of the reindeer, and "tarandus" is the specific name.


The constellation Rangifer was created by the French astronomer Pierre Charles Le Monnier in 1736 to commemorate the expedition of Maupertuis to Lapland. Geodetical observations from the expedition proved Earth's oblateness. The constellation is no longer in use.

External links

  • Rangifer, the reindeer: Ian Ridpath's Star Tales
  • Tarandus vel Rangifer, the reindeer: Shane Horvatin

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