Wednesday 22 July 2020

Astrognome A-Z of Constellations # 79 Telescopium

Telescopium the Telescope - Southern Hemisphere

Another constellation introduced by de La Caille in the 1750s in honour of the invention of the telescope which hasd such a revolutionary significance for astronomy. However like many of his constellations it is faint and indistinct.

Alpha is a star of magnitude 3.5 and lies 278 light years away, it is a B3 class star with a surface temperature of 16,500’C

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