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 […]

Star Constellation Facts: Coma Berenices
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Star Constellation Facts: Coma Berenices

December 31, 2016 Peter Christoforou 0

Coma Berenices (“Berenice’s Hair”) is a very faint northern sky constellation that represents the hair of Berenice II of Egypt, the wife of King Ptolemy III who reigned from 246–222 BC. The constellation’s brightest star, […]

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Star Constellation Facts: Delphinus

December 29, 2016 Peter Christoforou 0

Delphinus, meaning “the dolphin” in Latin, was one of the 48 constellations catalogued by the Greek astronomer Ptolemy in his 2nd century treatise called Almagest. Unlike many other constellations, Delphinus actually resembles the sea animal it […]

Star Constellation Facts: Lupus
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Star Constellation Facts: Lupus

December 28, 2016 Peter Christoforou 0

Lupus, meanings “the wolf” in Latin, is one of the original 48 constellations catalogued by the Greek astronomer Ptolemy of Alexandria around 150 AD. It is a southern hemisphere constellation found between Centaurus and Scorpius, […]

Star Constellation Facts: Octans
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Star Constellation Facts: Octans

December 23, 2016 Peter Christoforou 0

Octans is the southernmost of all the 88 recognized constellations, and was named in the 18th century by the French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille after the now obsolete navigational instrument known as an octant. […]

Star Constellation Facts: Pictor
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Star Constellation Facts: Pictor

December 21, 2016 Peter Christoforou 0

Pictor was named by French astronomer Abbé Nicolas-Louis de Lacaille after spending the period between 1750 and 1754 cataloguing stars of the southern celestial hemisphere while in South Africa. Originally called ‘Equuleus Pictorius’ or “the […]

Star Constellation Facts: Grus
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Star Constellation Facts: Grus

December 19, 2016 Peter Christoforou 0

Grus is one of the twelve constellations that was created by Dutch astronomer Petrus Plancius in the late 16th Century, and subsequently incorporated by the German celestial cartographer Johann Bayer’s into his sky atlas called […]

Star Constellation Facts: Phoenix
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Star Constellation Facts: Phoenix

December 11, 2016 Peter Christoforou 0

The constellation Phoenix was created by Flemish astronomer Petrus Plancius in the 16th century, based upon the observations of Dutch explorers Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman who mapped the southern sky that century. […]

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