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Musca, The Fly Constellation

Musca (Pronounciation:Muss-car, Abbrev:Mus, Latin:Muscae) is a constellation, one of 88 constellations that the night sky is divided into. The sky is not divided up equally between the constellations. Musca takes up 138.355 sq. degrees of the night sky which equates to 0.34% of the night sky. The constellation gets its name as it name means The Fly . 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.

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

The brightest star in Musca is Alpha Muscae. There are 3 Extrasolar Planets (Exoplanets) in this constellation that are detailed on this site. There is a dedicated page for exoplanets in Musca. For a list of named stars, that is stars that don't start HD or HIP, please visit Musca Star List Page.

Musca Star and Deep Space Object Count

The number of stars that have been catalogued as part of the Hipparcos Star Catalogue from Musca is 604. The number of stars that are of magnitude 6.0 or lower in the constellation is 31. 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 HIP 57367 which is roughly about 15.03 Light Years from the Earth. The nearest star to the Earth with an exoplanet is HD 111232 which is about 95.71 Light Years. The furthest star that can be located in the constellation is TU Muscae 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 Musca with the naked eye is HD 105151. The dim star has an apparent magnitude of 5.95. 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 Legend behind this constellation. It was created by Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman to fill in the voids in the astronomical charts.

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

Musca Facts


NameMusca
AbbreviationMus
Is a Zodiac Sign No
Brightest StarAlpha Muscae
Area138.355 sq. deg.
Percentage of Night Sky0.34%
Size Position77th
Hemisphere Southern
Site Exoplanet Count3
Meteor Shower Count0
Nearest StarHIP 57367
Nearest Star with Exoplanet(s)HD 111232
Dimmest StarHD 105151
Furthest StarTU Muscae
Bright Star Count31
Hipparcos Star Count604
Main Star Count7
Messier Deep Space Object Count0
*Non-Messier Deep Space Object Count0
Bordering / Neighbouring / Surrounding ConstellationsCrux
Centaurus
Carina
Chamaeleon
Apus
Circinus

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


Musca Constellation Map


Musca Constellation Star Map

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



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