Corona Australis | Constellations In The Southern Hemisphere
CORONA AUSTRALIS – In this topic, we are going to know and learn about the southern constellation Corona Australis, the Southern Crown.
It is a small, faint constellation in the southern sky. Its name is the Latin term for ‘the southern crown’ and is said represent the crown worn by the centaur represented by Sagittarius by some. It is sometimes called Corona Austrina.
The southern crown was known by the Greeks as a wreath, not a crown. It was formerly known as a circlet of stars near the forefeet of the centaur, which is represented by Sagittarius.
It is also associated with the myth of Dionysus, representing the crown the wine god placed in the sky after freeing his mother Semele. However, this is sometimes associated with the Northern Crown, Corona Borealis.
It is the 80th largest constellation and occupies an area of about 128 square degrees. It lies in SQ4, the fourth quadrant of the southern hemisphere.
Corona Australis belongs to the Hercules family, along with Aquila, Ara, Centaurus, Corvus, Crater, Crux, Cygnus, Hercules, Hydra, Lupus, Lyra, Ophiuchus, Sagitta, Scutum, Sextans, Serpens, Triangulum Australe, and Vulpecula.
Among the stars include:
- Beta Coronae Australis
- R Coronae Australis
- RX J1856.5-3754