|Visible in Latitudes:||45° thru -90°|
|Best Seen In:||September, 9:00 pm|
|Transit Date:||August 3|
|Right Ascension:||20.97 hours|
|Area:||209.513 sq. degrees|
Microscopium was named by Abbé Nicolas Louis de Lacaille during his stay at the Cape of Good Hope between 1751 and 1752. It was named after the microscope, whose creation is attributed to Zacharius Janssen. Janssen, a Dutch spectacle maker, is believed to have invented the microscope in 1590. It seems that several people, including Galileo Galilei, duplicated his invention at about the same time.