Musca


Musca


English nameFly

Major
stars
alpha Muscaemagn. 2,9RA: 12h 37m 10.97sDec: -69 08' 07.6"
beta Muscaemagn. 3,3RA: 12h 46m 16.91sDec: -68 06' 29.4"

DescriptionSmall constellation to the south of Crux. It doesn't contain particularly remarkable objects, apart a pair of double stars: beta Muscae, separable with telescopes of at least 100 mm, and theta Muscae, visible with small instruments.

Mythology
and stars
The constellation was drawn by the Dutch navigators Pieters Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederik de Houtman towards the end of the XVI century. At first it had the name of Apis, the bee.


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