Circinus


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Circinus

(ser -să-nŭs) (Compasses) A small constellation in the southern hemisphere near Centaurus, lying in the Milky Way. The brightest star is of 3rd magnitude. Circinus X-1 is an X-ray burst source. Abbrev.: Cir; genitive form: Circini; approx. position: RA 15h, dec –60°; area: 93 sq deg.

Circinus

 

(Compasses), a constellation of the southern hemisphere. Its brightest star has a visual magnitude of 3.2. Circinus is not visible in the USSR. (SeeSTELLAR SKY.)

Circinus

[′sərs·ən·əs]
(astronomy)
A constellation, right ascension 15 hours, declination 60°S. Abbreviated Cir. Also known as Compasses.
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Using the MIDI instrument at the Very Large Telescope Interferometer of the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in the Atacama Desert of Chile, the research team obtained an unprecedented clear view of the warm dust in the nucleus of the Circinus Galaxy.
2006) para varias lineas del infrarrojo cercano en Circinus.
Circinus, in contrast, seems to flash only once per rotation.
The rings are light echoes from Circinus X-1's X-ray burst.
Niel Brandt, Distinguished Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics, said that he was perplexed by the unusually strong evolution of the orbit of Circinus X-1 since my graduate-school days, asserting that the discovery now of this system's youth provides a satisfying explanation for why its orbit evolves so strongly - as the system likely still is settling down after its violent birth.
Created by French astronomer Nicolas-Louis de Lacaille in 1752, Circinus (the Drafting Compass) has a delicate shape formed by its three brightest stars: 3.
The remnant, called RCW 86, is located about 8200 light-years away towards the constellation of Circinus (the Drawing Compass).
The shape of the Circinus constellation resembles a long, acute-angled triangle with Alpha Circini pointing SW Beta and Gamma Circini completes the shape of the image, approximately 7 degrees NW.
It may be the fourth-smallest constellation, with an area of just 93 square degrees, but its proximity to Alpha Centauri and its distinctive shape make Circinus a star figure that you can find with relative ease.
Also culminating at midnight around the middle of the month is the small southern constellation Circinus the Compasses, located between the Pointers (alpha and beta Centauri) and the Southern Triangle (Triangulum Australe).
NGC 5822 lies about 2,400 light-years distant and is situated at the extreme southern end of Lupus, near the border with Circinus,
Deep-sky objects Designation Type and constellation NGC 5823 open cluster in Circinus NGC 6025 open cluster in Tr.