n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - Antlia, the Machine Pneumatique : deep-sky delights

Volume 69, Issue 5_6
  • ISSN : 0024-8266



The apparently insignificant constellation Antlia lies just south of Hydra and borders Vela to the north, lying along the branches of the Milky Way. French astronomer and celestial cartographer Nicolas-Louis de Lacaille was responsible for creating some of the newer southern constellations when he visited the Cape of Good Hope from 1751 to 1753.

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