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Tuesday 19 September 2017 - 22:06:15Posted by Bobby
Invention of Volans
Volansis a faint southern constellation that adjoins Carina. Invented at the end of the 16th century by the Dutch navigators Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman, it represents the fish of tropical waters that can glide above the waves on its outstretched fins.
Depiction: The Flying Fish
Highest in the Sky: January to March
Size Ranking: 76th
Coverage Area: 141 Sq. Degrees
Right Acension: 8 hours
Visibility: 12°N to 90°S
Epsilon Volantis: Double star
ESO 34-11: Ring galaxy
Gamma Volantis: Double star
NGC 2442: Meathook Galaxy
Best Viewed Objects/Stars
An attractive double star. A small telescope reveals its orange and yellow components of magnitudes 3.8 and 5.7.
A double star with 4th- and 7th-magnitude components that can be divided with a small telescope.