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Tuesday 19 September 2017 - 20:42:31Posted by Bobby
Invention of Indus
Indusis a southern constellation, lying between Pavo and Tucana, and was introduced in the late 16th century by the Dutch navigators Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman. It depicts a native Indian, although from exactly where remains unclear; on old maps, the figure is shown holding arrows and a spear. Indus's brightest star, Alpha Indi, is of 3.1 magnitude.
Depiction: The American Indian
Highest in the Sky: August to October
Size Ranking: 49th
Coverage Area: 294 Sq. Degrees
Right Acension: 21 hours
Visibility: 27°N to 90°S
Alpha Indi: Orange giant star
Theta Indi: Double star
IC 5152: Irregular galaxy
NGC 7049: Lenticular galaxy
NGC 7090: Spiral galaxy
Best Viewed Objects/Stars
Among the nearest stars to us, Epsilon Indi is only 11.8 light-years away and has a magnitude of 4.7. It is a somewhat smaller and cooler star than the Sun.
A double star consisting of components of magnitudes 4.5 and 6.9 that are visible through a small telescope.