Star Constellation Facts: Circinus
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Star Constellation Facts: Circinus

January 19, 2017 Peter Christoforou 0

Circinus (“the compass”) commemorates the drawing instrument used by navigators, and is one of 14 southern sky constellations created by French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille in the 18th century. The constellation is circumpolar, with […]

Star Constellation Facts: Antlia
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Star Constellation Facts: Antlia

January 16, 2017 Peter Christoforou 0

Antlia is a faint southern sky constellation that was created by French astronomer Abbé Nicolas Louis de Lacaille during his 1751–52 expedition to South Africa. The constellation’s brightest star is Alpha Antliae, an orange giant […]

Star Constellation Facts: Crater
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Star Constellation Facts: Crater

January 15, 2017 Peter Christoforou 0

Crater (“the cup”) is one of the original constellations first recorded by Greek astronomer Ptolemy in his astronomical treatise called Almagest around 150 AD. This southern constellation is rather faint with its brightest star, Labrum, […]

Star Constellation Facts: Puppis
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Star Constellation Facts: Puppis

January 13, 2017 Peter Christoforou 0

Puppis (“the stern”) is one of 14 southern hemisphere constellations created by the French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille during his South African expedition of 1751–52. Its brightest star is Naos, a blue supergiant found […]

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. Its brightest star, Kitalpha, is a yellow-white giant found […]

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 circumpolar constellation of the southern celestial skies, whose brightest star is Beta Volantis, an orange giant of magnitude 3.77 found 107 light-years from our solar system. Based upon […]

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