Night Sky April 2017
Observing

The Night Sky This Month: April 2017

March 29, 2017 Peter Christoforou 0

As the winter constellations gradually start disappearing off the western horizon, their spring counterparts have started rising to prominence in the night sky. Three such constellations can easily be observed in the northern sky during […]

Constellation of Ara
Star Constellations

Star Constellation Facts: Ara

March 25, 2017 Peter Christoforou 0

Ara (“the altar”) is a small, faint constellation that is the southernmost of the 48 listed by the Greek astronomer Ptolemy in his 2nd century astronomical treatise called Almagest. The origin of this southern hemisphere […]

Constellation of Vela
Star Constellations

Star Constellation Facts: Vela

March 21, 2017 Peter Christoforou 0

Vela (“the sails”) lies in the southern celestial sphere, and is one of three constellations created from an ancient constellation called Argo Navis, which depicted the ship of Jason and the Argonauts, the others being […]

Star Constellation Facts: Sculptor
Star Constellations

Star Constellation Facts: Sculptor

March 19, 2017 Peter Christoforou 0

Sculptor is a faint southern sky constellation that was created by French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille from his observatory in South Africa during the 18th century. Its brightest star, Alpha Sculptoris, is a blue-white […]

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