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Microscopium

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Name:Microscopium
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Meaning:Microscope
Abbreviation:Mic
Genitive:Microscopii
Visible in Latitudes:45° thru -90°
Viewing Season:Summer
Best Seen In:September, 9:00 pm
Transit Date:August 3
Right Ascension:20.97 hours
Declination:-35.2 degrees
Area:209.513 sq. degrees

Star Diagram

Star Diagram: Microscopium

About Microscopium

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.

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