Columba, (Latin: “Dove”) constellation in the southern sky at about 6 hours right ascension and 35° south in declination. Its brightest star is Alpha Columbae (sometimes called Phact, from the Arabic for “ring dove”), with a magnitude of 2.6.
St Columba (b521–d597) was born in Gartan in modern day County Donegal  on 7 December 521  into an Irish noble family. His father Fedilmidh is recorded as being a descendent of King Neill of the Nine Hostages and his mother a descendent of Cathair Mór a former King of Leinster.
Saint Columba (Irish: Colm Cille, 'church dove'; 7 December 521 – 9 June 597) was an Irish abbot and missionary credited with spreading Christianity in present-day Scotland. He founded the important abbey on Iona, which became a dominant religious and political institution in the region for centuries.
Columba is the 54th constellation in size, occupying an area of 270 square degrees. It lies in the first quadrant of the southern hemisphere (SQ1) and can be seen at latitudes between +45° and -90°. The neighboring constellations are Caelum, Canis Major, Lepus, Pictor, and Puppis. Columba can be seen just south of Canis Major and Lepus.
Jun 9, 2022 · St. Columba, also known as St. Columcille, is one of Ireland’s three patron saints, together with St. Patrick and St. Brigid. He is also sometimes called the “Apostle of the Picts” for his evangelization work in Scotland. Columba was born in 521, descended from royalty.
Jan 25, 2023 · St. Columba was a 6th-century Irish abbot and evangelist who converted the Picts of Scotland to Christianity. He traveled from Ireland to Scotland in 563 CE and founded a monastery on the Island ...
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