Constellation - Corona Australis

Constellation - Corona Australis

Corona Australis Constellation

Corona Australis or the Southern Crown is a faint constellation found in the southern hemisphere. It can be seen below +40 degrees latitude. This constellation was described by Ptolemy and is included in the modern 88 constellations. Around March 16th Corona Australis is host to the meteor shower called the Corona Australids that has a rate of around 5 per hour.


The Southern Crown probably represents a wreath in Greek mythology. It is said to have been placed by Dionysus after he rescued his mother's body from Hades. He was able to remove her from the Underworld by placing a gift of myrtle leaves in exchange. Dionysus' followers wore myrtle leaf crowns to remember this event.

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Number Object Description Magnitude Surface Brightness
1 C68 Diffuse Nebula 9.5 UNK

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Caldwell 68 or NGC 6729 is a reflection and emission nebula located about 420 light years away. This is a faint nebula to observe but lies within the same field of view as two other nebula and a stunning double star. It was discovered by Johann Frederich Schmidt in 1861. This nebula occasionally changes its appearance and so, is called a variable nebula. It has a similar appearance to comets.

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