Mons Maenalus


Map of the constellation Mons Maenalus

Mons Maenalus (Latin for Mount Maenalus) was a constellation created by Johannes Hevelius in 1687. It was located between the constellations of Boötes and Virgo, and depicts a mountain in Greece that the herdsman is stepping upon.[1] It was increasingly considered obsolete by the latter half of the 19th century.[2] Its brightest star is 31 Boötis, a G-type giant of apparent magnitude 4.86m.

Plate from Hevelius' Uranographica; Mons Mænalus is in the lower right, under Boötes.


  1. ^ Ridpath, Ian. "Mons Maenalus". Star Tales. self-published. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  2. ^ Barentine, John C. (2015). The Lost Constellations: A History of Obsolete, Extinct, or Forgotten Star Lore. New York, New York: Springer. p. 237. ISBN 9783319227955.