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Dorado - Goldfish

Bayer described it as one of his goldfish in the southern figures. The word is from the Spanish and refers not to the little exotic cyprinoids we associate with goldfish, but rather to the large Coryphrena fish of tropical waters.

Although there was a comet then, Dorado may have been what Josephus was writing about when he described that “which for a year had hung over Jerusalem in the form of a sword.” The year was 66 A.D., one of the years in which Halley’s Comet appeared.
Right Ascension 05:07
Diameter (°)14
Area (square °)179
Opposition Dec 10
Size Rank 72nd
Brightness Rank 62nd