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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Despite its Greek-letter designation, which stems from its originally having been part of the ancient constellation Argo Navis, Naos is the brightest star, or lucida, of Puppis.
Argo Navis (the Ship) is an archaic constellation, but it was an early victim of deconstructionist taste and is now three constellations and a divided Ship.
MENTION THE CONSTELLATION Vela, the Sail, and the first thought that may come to mind is its nautical connection to the old Argo Navis (see page 98 last month).
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.