Fornax Constellation
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Star Constellation Facts: Fornax

April 11, 2017 Peter Christoforou 0

Fornax (“the furnace”) is an extremely faint southern sky constellation that was devised by French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille during the mid-18th century. The brightest star in this obscure constellation, Dalim, is a binary […]

Tucana Constellation
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Star Constellation Facts: Tucana

April 9, 2017 Peter Christoforou 0

Tucana is a small, dim constellation of the southern skies that is one of 12 created by Petrus Plancius in the late 16th-century, based upon the observations of Dutch explorers Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick […]

Constellation of Ara
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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
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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
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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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Star Constellation Facts: Apus

March 3, 2017 Peter Christoforou 0

Apus is a small, faint southern hemisphere constellation whose brightest star, Alpha Apodis, has a visual magnitude of just 3.825. The constellation was one of 12 created in the 16th-century by Petrus Plancius in order […]

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 […]

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