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Columba is a small constellation that lies south of Lepus between Caelum and Canis Major. Columba was first described by Dutch astronomer and co-founder of theDutch East India Company, Petrus Plancius. Columba is best viewed during the winter months. Columba is said to be the dove that Noah released after the great flood to look for land. It is said that the dove returned with an olive branch in its beak which told Noah that the flood was receding. Another story recalls Jason’s quest on the Argo near the rocks of the Symplegades where the seas were so violent they consumed the fish and the birds. Jason’s dove survived the encounter as did the Argo.