Astronomy Benalla
Reports - 2013
Whirlpool Galaxy m51 & companion galaxy ps07 (Hubble) Black Hole Butterfly Nebula (Hubble image) Sombrero Galaxy (Hubble) Home of Astronomy Benalla Carina Nebula Pillar - ps49 (Hubble image) Most photos on this site can be zoomed by clicking the photo
Astronomy Benalla  Meeting Presentations - Wednesday 16th October 2013 Presenter: Patrick Watson THE CONSTELLATION DELPHINUS Delphinus is an unremarkable constellation, bieng 69th in order of size and covering 189  square degrees. Delphinus is one of the original Greek constellations listed by Ptolemy and representing a dolphin. Delphinus can be found between the star Altair  (Alpha Aquilae - the brightest star in Aquila and the twelfth brightest star in the sky), and the star Enif  (Epsilon Pegasi - the brightest star in the northern constellation of Pegasus). Objects of note include:                                                       Globular Cluster NGC7006                       Globular Cluster NGC 6934              Planetary Nebula NGC 6891 Nova Delphini 2013 - discovered on 14 August 2013 by amateur astronomer Koichi Itagaki in Japan. An item of specific interest is that some Bayer numbers were not accurately allotted. The following image shows the allotted designations with the designations which would apply according to modern measurements  shown in parenthisis: A second specific matter of interest: Niccolò Cacciatore was an  Italian astronomer who assisted in compiling the second edition of the Palermo Star Catalogue. Alpha and Beta Delphini are a pair of visually unremarkable 4th magnitude stars. When the Palermo Catalogue was published in 1814, the unfamiliar names Sualocin and Rotanev were attached to them which remained a puzzle for some time. Eventually the British astronomer Thomas William Webb puzzled out the explanation. Cacciatore's name, Nicholas Hunter in English translation, would be Latinised to Nicolaus Venator. Reversing the letters of this construction produces the two star names. They have endured, the result of Cacciatore's little practical joke of naming the two stars after himself.
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