Chaemeleon

Tuesday 19 September 2017 - 08:11:26 Posted by  Bobby
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 Description of Chamaeleon

Chamaeleon is 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.

 The Facts

  • Depiction: The Long-tongued Lizard
  • Pronounced: ka-MEE-lee-un
  • Genitive: Chamaeleontis
  • Abbreviation: Cha
  • Highest in the Sky: February to May
  • Size Ranking: 79th
  • Coverage Area: 132 Sq. Degrees
  • Right Acension: 11 hours
  • Declination: -80°
  • Visibility: 5°N to 90°S

 Notable Objects

  • Delta Chamaeleontis: Double star
  • IC 2631: Reflection nebula
  • NGC 2915: Blue dwarf galaxy
  • NGC 3195: Planetary nebula

 Best Viewed Objects/Stars

Delta Chamaeleontis

 A wide double star. With binoculars, it is easy to see the two components, of magnitudes 4.4 and 5.5.

NGC 3195

 A faint plantetary nebula of similar size to the disk of Jupiter visible with a moderate-sized telescope.

Chamaeleon
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