Constellation Musca (Fly)

Musca
Musca: IAU Constellation Map [150]

Properties

Musca is a small constellation with 138 square degrees in the band of the Milky Way. It connects to Crux to the south and shares with it a piece of the dark cloud Coal Sack. The center of the constellation culminates around midnight on March 31st. [9, 15]

Data for constellation Musca [150]
IAU NameMusca
IAU GenitiveMuscae
IAU Abbr.Mus
English NameFly
Season (47° N)Not visible
Right Ascension11h 19m 26s … 13h 51m 08s
Declination-75° 41' 02" … -64° 38' 17"
Area138 deg2
Neighbours (N↻)Cru, Cen, Car, Cha, Aps, Cir

History

The constellation Musca goes back to Johann Bayer, who in 1603 separated a piece from the ancient constellation Centaurus and renamed it Apis (the Bee). Jakob Bartsch is said to have renamed the constellation Musca later. [7, 21]

Catalogs

Yale Bright Star Catalogue, 5th Revised Ed. (Hoffleit+, 1991) [154]
HR B F RA [hms] Dec [dms] vMag spType dMag Sep ["]
4520λ11 45 36.4-66 43 433.64 A7III 9.040.6
4530μ11 48 14.3-66 48 534.72 K4III
4671ε12 17 34.1-67 57 394.11 M5III
4703ζ212 22 07.3-67 31 195.15 A5V 5.432.4
4704ζ112 22 11.9-68 18 275.74 K0III
4773γ12 32 28.0-72 07 593.87 B5V
4798α12 37 11.0-69 08 082.69 B2IV-V 10.129.6
4844β12 46 16.9-68 06 293.05 B2.5V 0.21.3
4923δ13 02 16.2-71 32 563.62 K2III
4952θ13 08 07.0-65 18 235.51 B0Ia+WC5: v1.75.3
4993η13 15 14.9-67 53 404.80 B8V 3.260.
5042ι113 25 07.1-74 53 165.05 K0III
5051ι213 27 18.3-74 41 316.63 B9V

Revised+Historic NGC/IC, Version 22/9, © Dr. Wolfgang Steinicke [277]
Planetary Nebulae
NameRADecTypebMagvMagDimDreyer DescriptionIdentification, Remarks
NGC 407112 04 15.3-67 18 33PN12.913.01.27vF, vS, R, bM *, am stPK 298-4.1, ESO 94-PN12, AM 1201-670
NGC 518913 33 32.9-65 58 25PN10.32.33!, B, pL, cE, bM, curved axis, 4 st invIC 4274, PK 307-3.1, ESO 96-PN16, AM 1329-654, CS=14.1
IC 419113 08 47.5-67 38 35PN12.010.60.08Planetary, stellarPK 304-4.1, ESO 96-PN2
Galactic Nebulae
NameRADecTypebMagvMagDimDreyer DescriptionIdentification, Remarks
IC 296611 50 12.9-64 52 17EN3 × 2pL, bMESO 94-EN8
Open Clusters
NameRADecTypebMagvMagDimDreyer DescriptionIdentification, Remarks
NGC 446312 29 55.2-64 47 22I3p7.26Cl, P, vlCOCL 885, ESO 95-SC10
NGC 481512 57 58.3-64 57 42I3m8.65Cl, pL, pRi, iF, st 10…18OCL 893, ESO 96-SC1
Globular Clusters
NameRADecTypebMagvMagDimDreyer DescriptionIdentification, Remarks
NGC 437212 25 45.4-72 39 31XII7.25globular, pF, L, R, st 12…16GCL 19, ESO 64-SC6
NGC 483312 59 35.0-70 52 27VIII8.414globular, B, L, R, g, vsbM, st 12GCL 21, ESO 65-SC4
Galaxies
NameRADecTypebMagvMagDimDreyer DescriptionIdentification, Remarks
IC 298011 57 30.0-73 41 06E313.412.41.2 × 1eeF, eS, R, cbMESO 39-5

References

7«Der grosse Kosmos-Himmelsführer» von Ian Ridpath und Wil Tirion; Kosmos Verlag; ISBN 3-440-05787-9
9«Drehbare Sternkarte SIRIUS» von H. Suter-Haug; Hallwag-Verlag, Bern
15«Hartung's Astronomical Objects for Southern Telescopes» by David Malin and David J. Frew; Melbourne University Press 1995; ISBN 0-522-84553-3
21«Taschenatlas der Sternbilder» von Josef Klepesta und Antonin Rükl; Verlag Werner Dausien; ISBN 3-7684-2384-0
150IAU: The Constellations, 11. Oktober 2020; iau.org/public/themes/constellations
154Yale Bright Star Catalog, 15. Oktober 2020; tdc-www.harvard.edu/catalogs/bsc5.html
277«Historische Deep-Sky Kataloge» von Dr. Wolfgang Steinicke; klima-luft.de/steinicke (2021-02-17)