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Monday, June 21, 2010

Carina, Pictor, & Volans

The constellations of Carina, Pictor, & VolansCARINA
Nickname: the Keel
Brightest Star: Canopus (-0.72 magnitude)
Bordering Constellations: Centaurus, Chamaeleon, Musca, Pictor, Puppis, Vela, & Volans
Noticeable Objects: variable star Eta (η) Carinae, Carina Nebula (which surrounds Eta Carinae), the Wishing Well Cluster, and many more!
Nickname: the Easel
Brightest Star: α Pictoris (3.30 magnitude)
Bordering Constellations: CaeMeathook Galaxylum, Carina, Columba, Dorado, Puppis, & Volans
Noticeable Objects: there aren't any remarkable objects nor Messier objects in Pictor.
Nickname: the Flying Fish
Brightest Star: β Volantis (3.77 magnitude)

Bordering Constellations: Carina, Chamaeleon, Dorado, Mensa, & Pictor
Noticeable Objects: NGC 2442 (also known as the Meathook Galaxy), which is located in the center of Volans.
Right: Meathook Galaxy (NGC 2442) Image formerly from Cosmic Log

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The background has three Hubble Space Telescope images, which are accessible at this Hubble webpage:

— LH 95 is a star-forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud, Dorado constellation.

— Ant Nebula (also called Menzel 3) is an aptly-named planetary nebula located in the constellation Norma.
— Egg Nebula (also called CL 2688) is a protoplanetary nebula in the constellation Cygnus.

HubbleSite Image Links: LH 95, Ant Nebula, and Egg Nebula