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Corona Australis

The constellation of Corona Australis

Corona Australis, at the forefeet of Sagittarius, in the Uranographia of Johann Bode (1801).

Star Tales – Corona Australis

Sky view from Athens, Greece on December 21, 1900 at 22.00 (from

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Pisces, as represented in 19th century Urania's Mirror. (Credit: Sidney Hall) Pisces is associated with Aphrodite and Eros, who escaped from the monster Typhon by leaping into the sea and transforming themselves into fish. In order not to lose each other, they tied themselves together with rope.

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Corona Australis, the Southern Crown. (Photo credit: Till Credner, AlltheSky)

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Corona Australis. A Southern Hemisphere constellation otherwise known as the Southern Crown, it's one of the 48 Greek constellations originally described by the 2nd century astronomer Claudius Ptolemy, and it remains one of the 88 modern constellations.

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Two celestial crowns adorn the summer sky, Corona Borealis and Corona Australis. The star clouds of the Milky Way separate the twin diadems. Keep a binoculared eye on the star R Coronae Borealis to catch it in one of its unusual disappearing acts. (Credit: Jimmy Westlake)

Jimmy Westlake: From crown to crown across the sky

Corona Borealis. The alpha star is also known as Alphekka or Gemma. T Coronae Borealis is the Blaze Star, a recurrent nova. R Coronae Borealis is an unusual variable star. The italic numbers next to stars are their visual magnitudes to the nearest tenth (with the decimal point omitted). North is up and east is left. (Credit: Sky & Telescope)

R and T Coronae Borealis: Two Stellar Opposites - Sky & Telescope

Hercules and Corona Borealis, two constellations depicted in the 19th century Urania's Mirror. You can also see the obsolete constellation Cerebrus in Hercules's hand. Hevelius invented it, but represented the 3-headed dog that guarded an entrance to Hades as a 3-headed snake. The constellation isn't in use anymore.

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Dorado shown in the 1801 Uranographia of Johann Bode under the name of Xiphias, the swordfish. Nubecula Major, above it, is better known as the Large Magellanic Cloud. Mona Evans, "Exotic Creatures of the Southern Sky"

Star Tales – Dorado

Cygnus the swan. It's depicted with its head down on its long neck, and with a short tail. It's flying down the Milky Way. You can probably pick out the five bright stars that make up the asterism of the Northern Cross.

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MTA | Press Release | Metro-North | On Time/ Grand Central at 100. Poster released by the Metropolitan Transit Authority in 2013, the centenary of Grand Central Terminal. The famous clock is there and the ceiling constellations have been set free to fill the "sky". Mona Evans, "Sky of Grand Central Terminal - History"

Press Release | Metro-North | On Time/ Grand Central at 100

In the skylore, and in the real sky, Scorpius (left) and Orion (right) are never seen in the sky at the same time. (Illustration from a project by Hyaku at behance .net) Mona Evans, "Scorpius the Scorpion",

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Scorpius. On the left the stars in the modern constellation. On the right is the depiction in the 19th century work "Urania's Mirror". (Credit: Ian Ridpath) The claws, so prominent in the drawing, were lost to form Libra in Roman times.

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Here's a delightful suggestion to change the words to the "I'm a little teapot" song to point out The Teapot of Sagittarius. The heart of the Milky Way is in Sagittarius. Mona Evans, "Sagittarius the Archer"

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The "Teapot" asterism in Sagittarius. The Milky Way is the "steam" coming from the spout. (Credit: Eoghanacht) Mona Evans, "Sagittarius the Archer"

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PA.BIL.SAG, a Babylonian representation of the god of the hunt. (Credit: Liesbeth Bisterbosch) He was associated with the constellation later known as Sagittarius. You can see that he is a chimera with features that are human, but also wings, two heads, a horse's body and a scorpion's tail. Mona Evans, "Sagittarius the Archer"

PA.BIL.SAG, der babylonische Jagdgott, unser Sternbild Sch?tze - Liesbeth Bisterbosch

See the Teapot of Sagittarius in this photo? It comes from EarthSky Facebook friend Lewistown StormWatcher, who posted it on August 17, 2012. The center of the galaxy is located in this direction. Mona Evans, "Sagittarius the Archer"

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Obsolete constellations Tarandus (Rangifer) and Custos Messium shown where they used to be near Camelopardalis (the giraffe). Taradus was devised by Le Monnier to commemorate an expedition to Lapland. Custos Messium was invented by Lalande to honor Charles Messier the comet hunter. Mona Evans, "Obsolete Constellations"

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Telescopium Herschelii. This obsolete constellation depicts the reflecting telescope with which William Herschel discovered the planet Uranus. It was devised by Maximilian Hell to honor Herschel. This version is that of Johann Bode in his atlas Uranographia, an accurate drawing of Herschel's telescope. Mona Evans, "Obsolete Constellations"

Telescopium Herschelii

Argo Navis, large & ancient constellation of the southern skies, it represents the ship that Jason & the Argonauts used to search for the Golden Fleece. It's no longer one constellation, having been broken down into three separate ones by Lacaille: Carina, the keel; Puppis, the ship's deck; & Vela, the sail. Pyxis, the compass, was also added near the ship. (Credit: Hevelius, Uranographia) Mona Evans, "Obsolete Constellations"

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Felis, as depicted in Bode's Uranographia (1801). Constellation invented by 18th century French astronomer Jerome Lalande, but never made it into common usage. This is a very peculiar looking cat. Mona Evans, "Obsolete Constellations"


Felis, the Cat, a constellation designated in 1799 by French astronomer Joseph Jérôme de Lalande, a noted cat-lover. As depicted in Alexander Jamieson's 1822 star atlas. It was not included in the 88 modern constellations passed by the IAU. What a shame. ©Mona Evans, “Cats in the Sky”

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Taurus. Aldebaran, an orange giant star, is the bull's right eye. The Hyades are an open star cluster and some of their bright stars form the V of the bull's face. The Pleiades are another star cluster, and the Crab nebula is a pulsar and the remnant from a supernova explosion witnessed in 1054. Mona Evans, "Taurus the Bull"

Taurus: The Bull

Taurus the bull, as depicted in the 19th century Urania's Mirror, based on Alexander Jamieson's star atlas. Taurus is an ancient zodiac constellation. Mona Evans, "Taurus the Bull"

Urania’s Mirror c.1825 – Ian Ridpath's Old Star Atlases