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Monoceros
Monoceros
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Abbreviation: Mon
Genitive: Monocerotis
Symbology: the Unicorn
Right ascension: 7.15 h
Declination: −5.74°
Area: 482 sq. deg. (35th)
Main stars: 4
Bayer/Flamsteed stars: 28
Stars with known planets: 3
Bright stars: 0
Nearby stars: 2
Brightest star: α Monocerotis (3.93m)
Nearest star: Luyten's Star (12.4 ly)
Messier objects: 1
Meteor showers: December Monocerids
Alpha Monocerids
Bordering constellations: Canis Major
Canis Minor
Gemini
Hydra
Lepus
Orion
Puppis
Visible at latitudes between +75° and −85°
Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of February

Monoceros (IPA: /məˈnɒsərəs/, Greek: Μονόκερος) is a faint constellation on the winter night sky, surrounded by Orion to the east, Gemini to the north, Canis Major to the south and Hydra to the west. Other bordering constellations include Canis Minor, Lepus and Puppis. This is a celestial map of the constellation Monoceros, the Unicorn. ... The genitive case is a grammatical case that indicates a relationship, primarily one of possession, between the noun in the genitive case and another noun. ... The gentle and pensive maiden has the power to tame the unicorn, in this fresco in Palazzo Farnese, Rome, probably by Domenichino, ca 1602 The Unicorn (from Latin unus one and cornu horn) is a legendary creature whose power is exceeded only by its mystery. ... Equatorial Coordinates Right ascension (abbrev. ... In astronomy, declination (abbrev. ... Here is a list of the 88 modern constellations by their area in the sky, measured in square degrees. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Flamsteed designations for stars are similar to Bayer designations, except that they use numbers instead of Greek letters. ... The apparent magnitude (m) of a star, planet or other celestial body is a measure of its apparent brightness as seen by an observer on Earth. ... Luytens Star (GJ 273 Recons) is a red dwarf at a distance of around 12. ... A light-year or lightyear (symbol: ly) is a unit of measurement of length, specifically the distance light travels in vacuum in one year. ... The Messier objects are a set of astronomical objects catalogued by Charles Messier in his catalogue of Nebulae and Star Clusters first published in 1774. ... Leonid Meteor Shower A meteor shower, also known as a meteor storm, is a celestial event where a large number of meteors are seen within a very short period. ... Canis Major (IPA: , Latin: ) is one of the 88 modern constellations, and was also in Ptolemys list of 48 constellations. ... Canis Minor (IPA: , Latin: ) is one of the 88 modern constellations, and was also in Ptolemys list of 48 constellations. ... Gemini (IPA: , Latin: , symbol , ) is one of the constellations of the zodiac known as the twins . It is part of the winter sky, lying between Taurus to the west and the dim Cancer to the east, with Auriga and the near-invisible Lynx to the north and Monoceros and Canis... Hydra (IPA: ) is the largest of the 88 modern constellations, and was also one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy. ... Lepus (IPA: , Latin: ) is a constellation, lying just south of the Celestial equator, below the constellation Orion, and possibly representing a hare being chased by Orion the hunter. ... Orion (IPA: ), a constellation often referred to as The Hunter, is a prominent constellation, one of the largest and perhaps the best-known and most conspicuous in the sky. ... Puppis (IPA: , Latin: ) is a southern constellation. ... Articles with similar titles include the NATO phonetic alphabet, which has also informally been called the “International Phonetic Alphabet”. For information on how to read IPA transcriptions of English words, see IPA chart for English. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Winter is one of the four seasons of temperate zones. ... Orion (IPA: ), a constellation often referred to as The Hunter, is a prominent constellation, one of the largest and perhaps the best-known and most conspicuous in the sky. ... Gemini (IPA: , Latin: , symbol , ) is one of the constellations of the zodiac known as the twins . It is part of the winter sky, lying between Taurus to the west and the dim Cancer to the east, with Auriga and the near-invisible Lynx to the north and Monoceros and Canis... Canis Major (IPA: , Latin: ) is one of the 88 modern constellations, and was also in Ptolemys list of 48 constellations. ... Hydra (IPA: ) is the largest of the 88 modern constellations, and was also one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy. ... Canis Minor (IPA: , Latin: ) is one of the 88 modern constellations, and was also in Ptolemys list of 48 constellations. ... Lepus (IPA: , Latin: ) is a constellation, lying just south of the Celestial equator, below the constellation Orion, and possibly representing a hare being chased by Orion the hunter. ... Puppis (IPA: , Latin: ) is a southern constellation. ...

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Notable features

Monoceros is an almost invisible constellation, with only a few fourth magnitude stars. Alpha Monocerotis has a visual magnitude of 3.93, slightly brighter than Gamma Monocerotis, which has a visual magnitude of 3.98. Lucida is a family of typefaces designed by Charles Bigelow and Kris Holmes. ... The apparent magnitude (m) of a star, planet or other heavenly body is a measure of its apparent brightness; that is, the amount of light received from the object. ...


However, Monoceros does have some interesting features to observe with the aid of a small telescope. Beta Monocerotis is an impressive triple star system, the three stars form a triangle which seems to be fixed. The visual magnitudes of the stars are 4.7, 5.2 and 6.1. William Herschel discovered it in 1781 and commented it as 'one of the most beautiful sights in the heavens'. A telescope (from the Greek tele = far and skopein = to look or see; teleskopos = far-seeing) is an instrument designed for the observation of remote objects. ... A triple star system consists of three gravitationally bound stars. ... William Herschel Sir Frederick William Herschel, FRS KH (15 November 1738-25 August 1822) was a German-born British astronomer and composer who became famous for discovering the planet Uranus. ... 1781 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ...


Epsilon Monocerotis is a fixed binary, with visual magnitudes of 4.5 and 6.5. Artists impression of a binary system consisting of a black hole, with an accretion disc around it, and a main sequence star. ...


S Monocerotis, or 15 Monocerotis, is a bluish white variable star and is located at the center of NGC 2264. However the variation of its magnitude is not too great. It has a companion star of visual magnitude 8. Most stars are of almost constant luminosity. ... NGC 2264 is the designation number of the New General Catalogue that identifies five astronomical objects as a single object: the Cone Nebula, the Christmas Tree Cluster, Snowflake Cluster, Fox Fur Nebula and the Philippine Nebula. ...


V838 Monocerotis had an outburst starting on January 6, 2002. V838 Monocerotis (V838 Mon) is an enigmatic variable star in the constellation Monoceros about 20,000 light years (6 kpc)[1] from the Sun. ... January 6 is the 6th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 359 days (360 in leap years) remaining. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ...


Notable deep sky objects

Monoceros contains many clusters and nebulae, most notable among them;

Open Cluster M50 (also known as Messier Object 50, Messier 50, M50, or NGC 2323) is an open cluster in the Monoceros constellation. ... The Pleiades is one of the most famous open clusters. ... Embedded in the center of the Rosette Nebula is an open cluster. ... In astronomy, diffuse nebulae is the common term for both reflection nebulae and emission nebulae. ... The Christmas Tree Cluster (also known as Open Cluster NGC 2264 or the Xmas Tree Cluster, and sometimes incorrectly referred as NGC 2264) is an open cluster in the Monoceros constellation. ... The Cone Nebula (also known as NGC 2264) is an H II region in the constellation of Monoceros. ...

History

Monoceros is a modern constellation, generally supposed to be named by the Dutch astronomer and theologian Petrus Plancius in 1613 and have been charted by Jakob Bartsch as Unicornus in his star chart of 1624; but Heinrich Wilhelm Olbers and Ludwig Ideler indicate the constellation is actually much older, as "the second horse south of the Twins and the Crab", with it appearing in works as early at 1564, and Joseph Scaliger is reported to have found it on an ancient Persian sphere. Petrus Plancius (1552–1622) was a Dutch astronomer, cartographer and clergyman. ... Events January - Galileo observes Neptune, but mistakes it for a star and so is not credited with its discovery. ... Jakob Bartsch or Jacobus Bartschius (ca. ... Events January 24 - Alfonso Mendez, appointed by Pope Gregory XV as Prelate of Ethiopia, arrives at Massawa from Goa. ... Categories: Astronomers stubs | 1758 births | 1840 deaths | German astronomers | German physicists | Lists of asteroids ... Christian Ludwig Ideler (September 21, 1766 - August 10, 1846), German chronologist and astronomer, was born near Perleberg on the 21st of September 1766. ... Gemini (IPA: , Latin: , symbol , ) is one of the constellations of the zodiac known as the twins . It is part of the winter sky, lying between Taurus to the west and the dim Cancer to the east, with Auriga and the near-invisible Lynx to the north and Monoceros and Canis... Cancer (IPA: , Latin: , symbol , ) is one of the thirteen constellations of the zodiac. ... Events March 27 — Naples bans kissing in public under the penalty of death June 22 — Fort Caroline, the first French attempt at colonizing the New World September 10 — The Battle of Kawanakajima Ottoman Turks invade Malta Modern pencil becomes common in England Conquistadors crossed the Pacific Spanish founded a colony... Joseph Justus Scaliger (1540-1609) was the tenth child and third son of Julius Caesar Scaliger and Andiette de Roques Lobejac. ... The Persian Empire was a series of historical empires that ruled over the Iranian plateau, the old Persian homeland, and beyond in Western Asia, Central Asia and the Caucasus. ...


See also

This is the list of notable stars in the constellation Monoceros, sorted by decreasing brightness. ...

External links

  • The Deep Photographic Guide to the Constellations: Monoceros
  • http://www.dibonsmith.com/mon_con.htm
  • http://www.astronomical.org/constellations/mon.html
The 88 modern Constellations
Andromeda • Antlia • Apus • Aquarius • Aquila • Ara • Aries • Auriga • Boötes • Caelum • Camelopardalis • Cancer • Canes Venatici • Canis Major • Canis Minor • Capricornus • Carina • Cassiopeia • Centaurus • Cepheus • Cetus • Chamaeleon • Circinus • Columba • Coma Berenices • Corona Australis • Corona Borealis • Corvus • Crater • Crux • Cygnus • Delphinus • Dorado • Draco • Equuleus • Eridanus • Fornax • Gemini • Grus • Hercules • Horologium • Hydra • Hydrus • Indus • Lacerta • Leo • Leo Minor • Lepus • Libra • Lupus • Lynx • Lyra • Mensa • Microscopium • Monoceros • Musca • Norma • Octans • Ophiuchus • Orion • Pavo • Pegasus • Perseus • Phoenix • Pictor • Pisces • Piscis Austrinus • Puppis • Pyxis • Reticulum • Sagitta • Sagittarius • Scorpius • Sculptor • Scutum • Serpens • Sextans • Taurus • Telescopium • Triangulum • Triangulum Australe • Tucana • Ursa Major • Ursa Minor • Vela • Virgo • Volans • Vulpecula
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Monoceros - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (405 words)
Monoceros (Latin for Unicorn) is a faint constellation on the winter night sky, surrounded by Orion to the west, Gemini to the north, Canis Major to the south and Hydra to the east.
Monoceros is an almost invisible constellation, with only a few fourth magnitude stars.
Since Monoceros is a modern constellation, it has no classical mythology associated to it.
Monoceros - definition of Monoceros in Encyclopedia (278 words)
Monoceros is a faint constellation on the winter night sky, surrounded by Orion to the west, Gemini to the north, Canis Major to the south and Hydra to the east.
But Monoceros do have something interesting with the aid of a small telescope.
The unicorn is a mythical animal, which resembles a horse but bears a single, spiral horn on its forehead.
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