Tuesday 19 September 2017 - 08:16:31 Posted by  Bobby

 Invention of Columba

Columba was introduced in the late 16th century by the Dutch astronomer Petrus Plancius, who created it from stars near Canis Major. It represents Noah's dove.

 The Facts

  • Depiction: The Dove
  • Pronounced: ko-LUM-bah
  • Genitive: Columbae
  • Abbreviation: Col
  • Highest in the Sky: January
  • Size Ranking: 54th
  • Coverage Area: 270 Sq. Degrees
  • Right Acension: 6 hours
  • Declination: -35°
  • Visibility: 43°N to 90°S

 Notable Objects

  • Mu Columbae: Star
  • NGC 1792: Spiral galaxy
  • NGC 1808: Seyfert galaxy
  • NGC 1851: Globular cluster

 Named Stars

  • Phact, Alpha Columbae
  • Wezn, Beta Columbae

 Best Viewed Objects/Stars

Alpha Columbae

 A blue-white star, 270 lighty-years away, of magnitude 2.6.

Mu Columbae

 A so-called runaway star, moving through our galaxy at an unusual high speed, about 60 miles per second. At least two fainter stars, 53 Arietis and AE Aurigae, seem to be diverging from the same point, south of Orion's belt. They might all have been part of a pair of multiple-star systems that were disrupted by a close encounter 2-3 million years ago.


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