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Argo

(är`gō), in Greek mythology, ship in which JasonJason,
in Greek mythology, son of Aeson. When Pelias usurped the throne of Iolcus and killed (or imprisoned) Aeson and most of his descendants, Jason was smuggled off to the centaur Chiron, who reared him secretly on Mt. Pelion.
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 and the Argonauts sailed in quest of the Golden Fleece. Most legends say that Argus, son of Phrixus, was the builder, with the help of Athena. The Argo included a beam cut from the divine tree of Dodona, which could foretell the future.

Argo

(ar -goh) (Argo Navis; Ship) A former very extensive unwieldy constellation in the southern hemisphere subdivided in the mid-18th century into the constellations Carina, Puppis, Vela, and Pyxis. Its stars are still identified by a single set of Bayer letters (see stellar nomenclature), the brightest being Canopus or Alpha (α) Carinae.

Argo

[′är·gō]
(astronomy)
The large Ptolemy constellation; a southern constellation, now divided into four groups (Carina, Pupis, Vela, and Pyxis Nautica). Abbreviated Arg. Also known as Ship.

Argo

Jason’s galley, on which the Argonauts sailed in search of the Golden Fleece. [Gk. Myth.: Benét, 47]
See: Quest

Argo

swift, magic ship of the Argonauts. [Gk. Myth.: Avery, 145]
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Gould assigned modern boundaries to various parts of the huge, obsolete constellation Argo Navis, the mythical ship of Jason and the Argonauts.
YOU CAN SEE THE GREAT SHIP Argo Navis sinking into the southern horizon on this month's all-sky chart facing page 82.
We felt the name to be especially appropriate since Argo was also Jason's mythological discovery ship portrayed in the now-defunct southern constellation Argo Navis, the stars of which form parts of present-day Carina, Puppis, Vela, and Pyxis.
Canopus now belongs to the constellation Carina, the Keel, but the Keel was once part of Argo Navis, the Ship Argo.
Allen placed this star in Argo Navis, the Ship Argo, which is now an obsolete constellation.
It is here that the cosmic ship Argo Navis once sailed, a constellation so large that today it is broken into four separate groups -- Puppis the Stern; Carina the Keel (with the second brightest nighttime star, Canopus); Vela the Sails; and Pyxis the Compass.