Telescopium, Indus, and Pavo - Downloadable article
Galaxies galore populate this trio of southern constellations.
March 3, 2009
|This downloadable article is from an Astronomy magazine 45-article series called "Celestial Portraits." The collection highlights all 88 constellations in the sky and explains how to observe each constellation's deep-sky targets. The articles feature star charts, stunning pictures, and constellation mythology. We've put together 11 digital packages. Each one contains four Celestial Portraits articles for you to purchase and download.|
"Telescopium, Indus, and Pavo" is one of four articles included in Celestial Portraits Package 4.
As the cooler air of autumn descends across the Northern Hemisphere, the splendors of the summer sky sink in the west. Sagittarius and the center of the Milky Way dip below the horizon by midevening, yielding to a rather sparse region where star patterns are difficult to trace and galaxies prevail. The southernmost of the constellations east of the Milky Way rank among the most obscure in the entire heavens. From the northern United States, only the top stars in Telescopium and Indus poke above the southern horizon, while Pavo remains completely hidden. Most of this area comes into view from the southern tier of states, though the vista improves markedly from locales even farther south.
A small triangle of modest stars south of Corona Australis forms the shape of Telescopium the Telescope. Only Alpha (α) Telescopii, a yellowish star located 250 light-years from Earth, shines brighter than magnitude 4.0. To read the complete article, purchase and download Celestial Portraits Package 4.
|Deep-sky objects in Telescopium, Indus, and Pavo|
IC 4662, NGC 6684, NGC 6744, NGC 6752, NGC 6810, IC 4889, Dunlop 227, NGC 6868, NGC 6876, Abell 3716, NGC 7020, NGC 7041, NGC 7049, Theta Indi, NGC 7090, Y Pavonis, IC 5152