n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - Deepsky delights

Volume 65, Issue 3_4
  • ISSN : 0024-8266



Extracted from text ... mnassa vol 65 nos 3 & 4 56 deepsky delights Musca, the Heavenly Fly by Magda Streicher [magda@pixie.co.za] The Southern Cross is the pride of our Southern Hemisphere, and not only does its longest axes direct the way to true south, but it also shows the way to the constellation Musca, its southern neighbour. Musca the Fly, is the only constellation named after an insect. Johann Bayer, the German lawyer who introduced the system of identifying stars within a constellation using Greek letters, originally named this constellation (in 1603) as Apis. Edmund Halley changed the name to Musca ..

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