Tuesday 19 September 2017 - 22:07:23 Posted by  Bobby

 Invention of Vulpecula

Vulpecula is in the Milky Way, to the south of Cygnus. When it was introduced in the late 17th century by the Polish astronomer Johannes Hevelius, it was named Vulpecula cum Anser (the Fox and Goose). Its brightest star is Alpha Vulpeculae, magnitude 4.4.

 The Facts

  • Depiction: The Little Fox
  • Pronounced: vul-PECK-you-lah
  • Genitive: Vulpeculae
  • Abbreviation: Vul
  • Highest in the Sky: August to September
  • Size Ranking: 55th
  • Coverage Area: 268 Sq. Degrees
  • Right Acension: 20 hours
  • Declination: 25°
  • Visibility: 90°N to 57°S

 Notable Objects

  • Collinder 399: The Coathanger
  • M27: Dumbbell Nebula
  • NGC 6802: Open cluster
  • NGC 6940: Open cluster

 Named Stars

  • Anser, Alpha Vulpeculae

 Best Viewed Objects/Stars

M27 (The Dumbbell Nebula)

 A large planetary nebula appearing through binoculars as a rounded patch about a quarter the size of the full Moon. Its twin-lobed shape, which explains its popular name, can be seen with a telescope of moderate to large aperture or on a photograph. It is about 1,000 light-years away.

Brocchi's Cluster (Collinder 399, The Coathanger)

 An unusual open cluster that is easy to find with binoculars. It consists of a line of six stars of 6th and 7th magnitudes, from the center of which extends a "hook" formed by four other stars, giving it the appearance of a coathanger.

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