Constellations

Musca

Musca

Located in the southern sky, the constellation Musca which is Latin for “the fly” is a small constellation. It was one of 12 constellations created by Petrus Plancius from the observations of Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser…

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Pavo

Pavo

Pavo is a constellation in the southern sky whose name is Latin for “peacock” that first appeared on a 35-cm diameter celestial globe published in 1598 in Amsterdam. It would later be depicted in Johann…



Cetus

Cetus

The constellation Cetus has a been depicted in many ways through history as several cultures have each had different depictions and mythologies for the constellation. The constellation represents in sea monster in Greek mythology, and…


Lupus

Lupus

Located in the Southern Sky, Lupus is a constellation that is Latin for wolf. Lupus was one of the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd-century astronomer Ptolemy, and it remains one of the 88 modern…


Caelum

Caelum

Located in the southern sky, Caelum is a faint constellation that was a introduced in the 1750s by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille.  In Latin, the name means “chisel,” but it was formerly known as Caelum Sculptorium. Caelum Scupltorium is Latin…


Cepheus

Cepheus

Cepheus is a constellation in the northern sky, named after Cepheus, a king of Aethiopia in Greek mythology. Cepheus has one star with known planets and contains no Messier objects. The brightest star in the…


Tucana

Tucana

Tucana is a constellation of stars in the southern sky, named after the toucan. It is one of twelve constellations conceived in the late sixteenth century by Petrus Plancius from the observations of Pieter Dirkszoon…


Telescopium

Telescopium

Telescopium constellation lies in the southern sky, south of the constellations Sagittarius and Corona Australis. As the name indicates, Telescopum represents the telescope and was was created by the French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille in the 18th…


Circinus

Circinus

Circinus is a small, faint constellation in the southern sky, first defined in 1756 by the French astronomer Nicolas-Louis de Lacaille. Its name is Latin for compass, referring to the drafting tool used for drawing…