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Indus, The Indian 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. There are 5 Extrasolar Planets (Exoplanets) in this constellation that are detailed on this site. There is a dedicated page for exoplanets in Indus. For a list of named stars, that is stars that don't start HD or HIP, please visit Indus Star List Page.

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

Is a Zodiac Sign No
Brightest StarPersian
Area294.006 sq. deg.
Percentage of Night Sky0.71%
Size Position49th
Hemisphere Southern
Site Exoplanet Count5
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

*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 Deep Space Objects (Galaxies, Nebulas, Supernovas, etc) in Indus

NameTypeDistanceDeclinationRight Ascension
Asassn-15lhSupernova Remnant3.82 Giga Light Years-61:39:34.6422h 2m 15m 45s

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