Tuesday 19 September 2017 - 20:42:31 Posted by  Bobby

 Invention of Indus

Indus is 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.

 The Facts

  • Depiction: The American Indian
  • Pronounced: IN-duss
  • Genitive: Indi
  • Abbreviation: Ind
  • Highest in the Sky: August to October
  • Size Ranking: 49th
  • Coverage Area: 294 Sq. Degrees
  • Right Acension: 21 hours
  • Declination: -55°
  • Visibility: 27°N to 90°S

 Notable Objects

  • 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

Epsilon Indi

 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.

Theta Indi

 A double star consisting of components of magnitudes 4.5 and 6.9 that are visible through a small telescope.


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