Star Constellation Facts: Pyxis
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Star Constellation Facts: Pyxis

January 12, 2017 Peter Christoforou 0

Pyxis is a faint southern constellation that was one of 14 created by French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille during his 1751-52 stay in South Africa. It depicts a mariner’s magnetic compass, but this small […]

Star Constellation Facts: Mensa
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Star Constellation Facts: Mensa

January 11, 2017 Peter Christoforou 0

Mensa (“the table”) is a small constellation that is the second southernmost in the night sky, meaning that it is not visible from the northern hemisphere. Being so far south means that it is also […]

Star Constellation Facts: Crux
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Star Constellation Facts: Crux

January 9, 2017 Peter Christoforou 0

Crux is the smallest constellations in the night sky, and is located in the southern celestial hemisphere where it remains visible throughout the year (circumpolar). Despite its small size, Crux is also one of the […]

Star Constellation Facts: Equuleus
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Star Constellation Facts: Equuleus

January 8, 2017 Peter Christoforou 0

Equuleus (“little horse”) is a faint northern sky constellation that was included by the Greek astronomer Ptolemy in his astronomy treatise called Almagest around 150 AD. It is the second smallest of the night sky’s […]

Dorado Constellation
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Star Constellation Facts: Dorado

January 7, 2017 Peter Christoforou 0

Dorado is one of 12 southern constellations included by Petrus Plancius in his celestial globe of 1598 that were based upon the observations of Dutch explorers Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman. These new […]

Star Constellation Facts: Volans
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Star Constellation Facts: Volans

January 6, 2017 Peter Christoforou 0

Volans (“flying fish”) is a small, faint constellation that belongs to the southern celestial skies. Based upon the observations of 16th century Dutch explorer Pieter Keyzer, Volans is one of 12 new constellations included by […]

Star Constellation Facts: Musca
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Star Constellation Facts: Musca

January 5, 2017 Peter Christoforou 0

Musca (“the fly”) is a small southern sky constellation which was created by Petrus Plancius in the late 16th century, with the astronomer having based it upon the observations made by Dutch navigators Pieter Dirkszoon […]

Star Constellation Facts: Aquila
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Star Constellation Facts: Aquila

January 4, 2017 Peter Christoforou 0

Aquila is a northern sky constellation that is found close to the celestial equator, and is therefore rich in galaxies, star clusters and nebulae. Meaning “the eagle” in Latin, the constellation was recorded by Greek […]

Star Constellation Facts: Indus
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Star Constellation Facts: Indus

January 3, 2017 Peter Christoforou 0

Indus (“the Indian”) is one of 12 southern constellation that were created by Petrus Plancius in the late 16th century based on the observations of Dutch explorers. It is a faint constellation whose brightest star, […]

Star Constellation Facts: Columba
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Star Constellation Facts: Columba

January 2, 2017 Peter Christoforou 0

Columba (the Dove) is situated in the southern part of the celestial hemisphere, and was created by Dutch astronomer Petrus Plancius in 1592, although a derivation of the constellation may have been known about for […]

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