Antlia

Tuesday 19 September 2017 - 00:32:38 Posted by  Bobby
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 Invention of Antlia

Antlia is a faint constellation, considerably overshadowed by its glorious southern neighbors Centaurus and Vela. Antila was invented in the 18th century by the French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille and represents a mechanical air pump. Its brightest star is Alpha Antliae, magnitude 4.3.

 The Facts

  • Depiction: The Air Pump
  • Pronounced: ANT-lee-uh
  • Genitive: Antliae
  • Abbreviation: Ant
  • Highest in the Sky: February to March
  • Size Ranking: 62nd
  • Coverage Area: 239 Sq. Degrees
  • Right Acension: 10 Hours
  • Declination: -35°
  • Visibility: 48°N to 90°S

 Notable Features

  • Zeta Antliae: Multiple Star
  • NGC 2997: Spiral galaxy
  • NGC 3268: Elliptical galaxy
  • NGC 3347: Galaxy
  • NGC 3354: Galaxy
  • NGC 3358: Galaxy

 Best Viewed Objects/Stars

Zeta Antliae

 A multiple star that appears as a wide 6th-magnitude double when viewed through binoculars. When a small telescope is used, the brighter star of the pair is seen also to be double. All three stars lie 370 light-years away.
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