Microscopium (Parts visible from the UK)

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Abbreviation:  Mic
English Name:  The Microscope
Genitive: Gamma Microscopii and Epsilon.
Hemisphere: Southern Hemisphere (Parts visible from the UK.)
Location: Between the constellations of Piscis Austrinus and Sagittarius.
Visible between latitudes:  +45 and -90 degrees
Best season: Autumn
Seen in three seasons: Summer, Autumn and Winter
Best seen in:  During the first week of September.
Seen between: August and September.
Right Ascension (RA): 21 hour
Declination (DEC): -35 degrees
Area (square degrees):  210 (66th)

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Microscopium (The Microscope)

  • All the stars in Microscopium that make up this constellation are very faint to south of Capricornus.
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  • This constellation’s brightest stars; Gamma Microscopii and Epsilon, both at magnitude +4.7.

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Messier Objects in Microscopium

No Messier objects in Microscopium
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More objects in Microscopium

Select CatalogNo of Objects
Barnard (B)0x object
Caldwell (C)0x object
Collinder (Cr)0x object
New General Catalogue (NGC)11x objects
Index Catalogue (IC)19x objects
Sharpless (Sh2)0x object

Features of Interest

  • NGC 6925 – Spiral Galaxy; quite bright, large and very elongated. (Magnitude: +12.0)
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  • NGC 6958 – Spiral Galaxy; bright, quite small and round – very bright nucleus. (Magnitude: +11.3)

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Named Stars

  • Gamma Microscopii and Epsilon. (Both same magnitude: +4.7.)
  • more list of stars in Microscopium.

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IAU Sky Chart: Microscopium


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Constellations – Visible from the UK

AndromedaAquariusAquilaAriesAuriga
BoötesCamelopardalisCancerCanes VenaticiCanis Major
Canis MinorCapricornusCassiopeiaCepheusComa Berenices
Corona BorealisCygnusDelphinusDracoEquuleus
GeminiHerculesLacertaLeoLeo Minor
LibraLynx LyraMonocerosOphiuchus
OrionPegasusPerseusPiscesSagitta
Serpens CaputSerpens CaudaSextansTaurusTriangulum
Ursa MajorUrsa MinorVirgoVulpecula
(44 constellations above are visible from the United Kingdom.)

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Parts visible from the UK

AntliaColumbaEridanusFornaxMicroscopium
Piscis AustrinusPuppisPyxisSagittariusScorpius
(10 constellations above are partially visible from the United Kingdom.)

(Only 10 of them even in part from the United Kingdom.)

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Constellations: Southern Celestial Hemisphere
…..never seen from the UK

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