Constellation The Microscope

Microscopium (The Microscope): gift, map and visability

  • Meaning: The Microscope
  • Best seen in: September
  • Family: Lacaille
  • Latitude: +45° to -90°

Microscopium or The Microscope is one of the 88 constellations modern astronomers have divided the sky into. It's part of the Lacaille constellation family. Microscopium is best seen in September (from latitudes +45° to -90°).

Pictured as an early form of compound microscope, i.e. one that uses more than one lens, this constellation lies beneath the forelegs of Capricornus. Eight main stars make up the constellation with the brightest being Gamma Microscopii. Microscopium shines 64 times brighter than the Sun and has 2.5 times more mass. It is located 229 light years away.

Microscopium Constellation Map

Microscopium Constellation Map
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Main Stars in The Microscope (Microscopium)

The constellation Microscopium contains several bright stars that make up its shape. Some of these main stars are known as:

  • Gamma Microscopii
  • Epsilon Microscopii
  • Theta Microscopii
  • Alpha Microscopii
  • Lacaille 8760
  • Au Microscopii
  • BO Microscopii

Some of the deep sky objects which have been discovered in Microscopium include: NGC 6925, NGC 6923.

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