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Microscopium – The Microscopium

Microscopium is one of the 88 constellations within the celestial sphere.

Microscopium is one of the 29 constellations that represents an object.

Symbolism: Microscopium is also known as ‘The Microscopium’

 

 

History & Mythology

Microscopium is a small faint constellation with faint stars. Microscopium is one of the 14 constellations that was introduced in the 18th century by French astronomer Nicholas Louis De Lacaille. The constellation is roughly rectangular in shape with no real features outside of some faint galaxies that can only be detected by professional astronomers. Microscopium sits south of constellation Capricornus and between constellations Piscis Austrinus & Sagittarius.   

Key Data

Bordering Constellations: Microscopium is bordered by constellations Piscis Austrinus, Capricornus, Grus, Sagittarius, Telescopium & Indus.

Sky Chart #: 4.

Star Raking: 66th largest constellation in the celestial sphere. 

Main Stars: Microscopium consists of 5 main stars.

Brightest Star: Gamma Microscopii.  

 

Kids Fun Facts Corner

# 1. Microscopium has 2 stars with planets.

# 2. Gamma Microscopii is a Yellow giant 16 times the size of the sun.

# 3. Gamma Microscopii is the brightest star in Microscopium.

 

Q&A Corner

Q. What is Microscopium also known as?

Q. How many main stars does Microscopium have?

Q. What is the brightest star in Microscopium?

Q. How many stars have planets in Microscopium?

Q. What number star ranking is Microscopium in the celestial sphere?

Download questions about the Microscopium Constellation here: Microscopium Constellation (answers are on this page)

Teachers. For more in depth work sheets on constellations. Click on Kidskonnect Worksheets  

For further reading and more information on the Microscopium Constellation visit www.constellation-guide.com/microscopium

  Key Vocabulary Constellation. Star. Celestial. Sphere.

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