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Tuesday 19 September 2017 - 08:11:26Posted by Bobby
Description of Chamaeleon
Chamaeleonis a small, faint constellation near the south celestial pole. Introducced in the 16th century by the Dutch navigators Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Fredrick de Houtman, it depicts a chamaeleon, the lizard that changes its skin color to camouflage itself. Its brightest stars are of 4th magnitude.
Depiction: The Long-tongued Lizard
Highest in the Sky: February to May
Size Ranking: 79th
Coverage Area: 132 Sq. Degrees
Right Acension: 11 hours
Visibility: 5°N to 90°S
Delta Chamaeleontis: Double star
IC 2631: Reflection nebula
NGC 2915: Blue dwarf galaxy
NGC 3195: Planetary nebula
Best Viewed Objects/Stars
A wide double star. With binoculars, it is easy to see the two components, of magnitudes 4.4 and 5.5.
A faint plantetary nebula of similar size to the disk of Jupiter visible with a moderate-sized telescope.