Musca Constellation | Constellations In The Southern Hemisphere
MUSCA CONSTELLATION – In this topic, we are going to know and learn about the southern constellation Musca, the Fly.
It is a constellation which lies in the southern sky. It means “the fly” in Latin.
It was made by Dutch astronomer Petrus Plancius and was originally called Muia, which is Greek for ‘the fly’.
It was introduced by the Dutch navigators Keyser and de Houtman during their expeditions to the East Indies in the late 16th century.
Musca houses Nova Muscae 1991, the binary system with a black hole, the Spiral Planetary Nebula, the Hourglass Nebula, the globular clusters NGC 4833 and NGC 4372 and the Dark Doodad Nebula.
It is the 77th largest constellation and occupies an area of about 138 square degrees. It lies in SQ3, the third quadrant of the southern hemisphere.
Musca belongs to the Johann Bayer family, along with Apus, Chamaeleon, Dorado, Grus, Hydrus, Indus, Pavo, Phoenix, Tucana and Volans.
Among the stars include:
- Alpha Muscae
- Beta Muscae
- Delta Muscae
- Epsilon Muscae
- Gamma Muscae
- HD 102839
- HD 103079
- HD 111232
- HD 115211
- Lambda Chamaeleontis
- Lambda Muscae
- Mu Muscae
- Nova Muscae 1991