Dorado, Reticulum, and Pictor Southern Pictor, southern Dorado, and eastern Pictor sprawl from left to right across the top of the picture (northern Dorado seen along with northern Horologium, western Reticulum with Hydrus, northern Pictor with Puppis). Alpha Pictoris is the bright star at left, Beta Dor the bright star at top center, and Alpha Reticuli is the brightest at the upper right corner. Gamma Ret lies to the right, Beta down and to the right. Alpha Doradus is well off the picture up and to the right of Beta Dor. In the center is the faint glow of the Large Magellanic Cloud, a nearby satellite galaxy to our own, located about 170,000 light years away. Toward the bottom lie Volans, Mensa, and Hydrus. The bright star toward lower right is Gamma Hydri. Dorado contains the South Ecliptic Pole, the southern perpendicular to the Ecliptic (the apparent solar path, which defines the Zodiac). The North Galactic Pole is in Draco. Photo by Greg Dimijian.

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