Friday 19 June 2020

Astrognome A-Z of Constellations # 54 Microscopium

Microscopium the Microscope
Another constellation introduced by Lacaille in the 1750s. This group represents another of the scientific instruments that Lacaille placed in the southern sky. Sadly as with so many of his new constellations Microscopium is little more than a filler between Sagittarius and Piscis Austrinus.
There are no bright stars in Microscopium .
The brightest stars are gamma at magnitude 4.7, which lies at a distance of 225 light years and is a G7 giant star.
Epsilon also has a magnitude of 4.7 and is an A1 class star lying 166 light years away.

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