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Indus Constellation

Indus (Pronounciation:In-dus, Abbrev:Ind, Latin:Indi) is a constellation, one of 88 constellations that the night sky is divided into. The sky is not divided up equally between the constellations. Indus takes up 294.006 sq. degrees of the night sky which equates to 0.71% of the night sky. The constellation gets its name as it name means The Indian . It was not one of the original constellations that had been devised by Ptolemy, instead it was created by Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman years later.

Indus is not a member of the Zodiac group of twelve constellations that appear when the Sun sets. Indus is a southern hemispheric constellation which means it can't be seen easily or at all from the northern hemisphere.

The brightest star in Indus is Persian.

Indus Star and Deep Space Object Count

The number of stars that have been catalogued as part of the Hipparcos Star Catalogue from Indus is 950. The number of stars that are of magnitude 6.0 or lower in the constellation is 19. The number of stars in the constellation that make up the outline is 7.

There are no deep space objects that were identified by Charles Messier in this constellation. There are no non-Messier deep space objects in this constellation that are covered at present on this site.

Stars of Interest

The nearest star to Earth is Epsilon Indi which is roughly about 11.81 Light Years from the Earth. The nearest star to the Earth with an exoplanet is HD 207229 which is about 337.99 Light Years. The furthest star that can be located in the constellation is HIP 105736 which is located about 163081.7 Light Years away from the Sun. The furthest figure is derived from either the 1997 or 2007 Hipparcos star catalogue parallax figure and it has been known to produce distances that are wrong.

The dimmest star that can be seen in Indus with the naked eye is HD 207964. The dim star has an apparent magnitude of 5.92. The dimmest star that a person is able to see with their naked eye is 6.0 magnitude based on the table in the reference. Ref: University of Michigan

The caveat of these stars are that they are catalogued on this site. If you know of a star that is nearer or further then do let me know in the comments and I'll add it to the site. The stars mentioned are from the Hipparcos catalogue or have been added because of their special status.

There is no Greek or otherwise legend behind this constellation. It was created to fill the void in the star maps.

White Hole

GRB 060614 is a Gamma-Ray Burst that was picked up by the N.A.S.A. Swift satellite. Normally, gamma-ray bursts should only last no more than a few seconds, but this one lasted 102 seconds. Whats even more surprising is that there was no supernova present at the time. The Gamma-Ray Burst was trillions of times more powerful than the Sun. This has led to speculation that the GRB may in fact be a White Hole. Ref: Astronaut

There are no major meteor showers that radiate from within this constellation.

Indus Facts


NameIndus
AbbreviationInd
Is a Zodiac Sign No
Brightest StarPersian
Area294.006 sq. deg.
Percentage of Night Sky0.71%
Size Position49th
Hemisphere Southern
Site Exoplanet Count0
Meteor Shower Count1
Nearest StarEpsilon Indi
Nearest Star with Exoplanet(s)HD 207229
Dimmest StarHD 207964
Furthest StarHIP 105736
Bright Star Count19
Hipparcos Star Count950
Main Star Count7
Messier Deep Space Object Count0
*Non-Messier Deep Space Object Count0
Bordering / Neighbouring / Surrounding ConstellationsMicroscopium
Sagittarius
Telescopium
Pavo
Octans
Tucana
Grus

*Note: The number of Non-Messier Deep Space Object Count relates to how many are covered on this site not how many there are.


Indus Constellation Map


Indus Constellation Star Map

The map was generated using Night Vision, an awesome free application by Brian Simpson.


List of Named Stars in Indus without Extrasolar Planets

As there's so many stars in the cosmos, not all the stars are listed here. The site has lots of stars not listed so if your star isn't listed and you know the Henry Draper or Hipparcos ID, type https://www.universeguide.com/star/ then followed by the HIPNNNNNN or HDNNNN where NNNNN is the number part of the name. The stars that I do list have either a traditional name, a bayer or other classification name.

StarDistance (Lt. Yrs.)DeclinationRight Ascension
Beta Indi611.94-58d 27` 14.720h 54m 48.58
BG Indi218.90-59d 00` 44.0 21h 58m 30.07
BS Indi147.25-52d 28` 39.221h 20m 59.78
Delta Indi188.10-54d 59` 33.221h 57m 55.03
Epsilon Indi11.81-56d 46` 47.322h 03m 17.44
Eta Indi78.84-51d 55` 15.020h 44m 02.19
Gamma Indi218.02-54d 39` 38.021h 26m 15.44
Iota Indi466.61-51d 36` 29.420h 51m 30.05
Kappa2 Indi491.21-59d 38` 09.422h 05m 50.95
Mu Indi365.65-54d 43` 37.021h 05m 14.23
Nu Indi93.62-72d 15` 13.622h 24m 34.39
Omicron Indi543.61-69d 37` 45.921h 50m 47.23
Persian98.33-47d 17` 30.020h 37m 33.99
Pi Indi465.95-57d 53` 58.621h 56m 14.04
Rho Indi87.23-70d 04` 26.022h 54m 39.56
T Indi1896.30-45d 01` 18.821h 20m 09.48
Theta Indi98.78-53d 26` 57.421h 19m 51.88
V Indi2077.47-45d 04` 27.721h 11m 29.96
Zeta Indi412.86-46d 13` 36.820h 49m 28.93

Indus Constellation's Star Breakdown


Type Breakdown


TypeDescriptionCount
KLight Orange Star 3,700 - 5,200k293
FYellow-White 6,000 - 7,500k277
GYellow 5,200 - 6,000k220
AWhite 7,500 - 10,000k74
MRed Dwarf Star <3,700k54
BBlue-White 10,500 - 30,000k8

Size Breakdown


TypeDescriptionCount
VMain Sequence398
IIINormal Giant362
IVSubgiant116
IIBright Giant6
IbLess Luminous Supergiant1

Breakdown of Dwarf Stars by Type


TypeDescriptionCount
VIVI Type Sub-Dwarf Star3
sdsd Type SubDwarf Star1

Breakdown of Carbon Stars by Type


TypeDescriptionCount
CC-Type Carbon Star5
SS-Type Carbon Star1


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