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 F O R N A X

 

ori.gif (1448 bytes) Mythology and history

Mythology of Fornax

     Fornax was a protective Roman goddess of the furnace to cook the bread. In its honor the celebration of fornacalias was celebrated . The constellation of Fornax is one of the 13 constellations of Abbé Nicolas Louis de Lacaille that created it in honor of Antoine Lavoiser, that famous chemistry that died in the guillotine in the French revolution in the year of 1794.     

 

 

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           Fornax, is a constellation difficult to locate for the inhabitants of the North hemisphere since 30º of South latitude crosses the parallel and therefore culminates to low distance; in addition it is formed by weak stars and the field is very poor in stars its square size is of 400º. One is very next to the celestial South Pole that is in the constellation of Scultor. In the North hemisphere he is visible during end of autumn and in the South hemisphere in spring and summer. It limits the north with Eridianus and Cetus; to the east with Scultor; to the south with Phoenix and again Eridianus and to the west with this one last one.

        Fornax I located on October 11th, 1985 from the locality of Ca'n Picafort, Majorca, Spain; when it was 19 years old.

Constelación de Fornax

 

Main stars

       Alpha, a; denominated Fornacis, of magnitude 3.92 and yellow color. Light is to 46 years, is a star of solar type.

      Beta, b; of 4.46 magnitude and orange color Earth light is to 168 years, is located in the center of the constellation. It is a star 37 times more luminous than our Sun.

       Gamma, g; of magnitude 6.15 one is in the limit of the visibility of the human eye. Earth light is to 363 years.

    Delta, d; of 4.98 magnitude and yellow color. Earth light is to 730 years, is located in the western sector of Fornax.  

Other objects

    NGC  1360: Planetary nebula located in the noroccidental sector of Fornax. Of magnitude and 9.40 dimensions 6'x2'. The star cause is of visible magnitude 8.0 and therefore with modest telescopes                

           

 

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D O U B L E

Nom: a R.A.: 03h.10m.

Dec: -29112'

Mag: 3.9,6.5 Sep.: 2.9" P.A.: 3051 Nat: O Spec.: A, K
AOC: 406 DSC: 291 D.D.S.: 23h.33m.(UT); 11-Oct.-1985

Alfa

  

        NOTE: One is in a poor zone; there is a remarkable difference of magnitude, are very, very together, I need the eyeglass 200x to unfold it, the main one is white, however, the secondary one is orange.

 

D O U B L E

Nom:h 3478 R.A.: 02h.00m.

Dec: -30136'

Mag: 8.0,8.8 Sep.: 42" P.A.: 1481 Nat:ph Spec.:A,B
AOC: 415 DSC: 300 D.D.S.:23h.15m.(UT); 12-Oct.-1985

h3478

           

                NOTE: One is in a very poor zone; there is a slight difference of magnitude, are separated, his colors look like enough, the main one I believe that she is white, although am not absolutely safe, however, the secondary one is bluish; it is difficult to identify it, to culminate to low height and in addition due to the brightness weakness, it is unfolded without difficulty with 50x.

 

D O U B L E

Nom:I 454 R.A.: 02h.03m.

Dec: -24º36'

Mag: 8.6,8.8 Sep.: 56" P.A.: 259º Nat:? Spec.:K,B
AOC: 416 DSC: 301 D.D.S.: 23h.24m.(UT);12-Oct.-1985

I454

 

            NOTE: One is in a poor zone in stars; there is a slight difference of magnitude, are separated, his phantoms are different, orange, and bluish, it is unfolded without difficulty with 50x.

 

D O U B L E

Nom:w R.A.: 02h.32m.

Dec: -27º27'

Mag: 5.0,7.7 Sep.: 11" P.A.: 245º Nat:? Spec.:K,B
AOC: 417 DSC: 302 D.D.S.:23h.35m.(UT); 12-Oct.-1985

Omega

           

            NOTE: One is in a poor zone; there is a remarkable difference of brightness, are together, his colors are very different, orange and bluish, it is unfolded without difficulty with the eyeglass of 50x.

 

D O U B L E

Nom: h 3572 R.A.: 03h.22m.

Dec: -26º23'

Mag: 8.6,8.8 Sep.: 21" P.A.: 951 Nat:f Spec.:A,B
AOC:421 DSC: 306 D.D.S.: 00h.07m.(UT); 13-Oct.-1985

h3572

 

           NOTE: Is enuna poor zone; there is a smallest difference of magnitude, are little separated, the main one is white and secondary bluish, the easy one to locate it is unfolded with the eyeglass of 50x.

 

D O U B L E

Nom: h 3596 R.A.: 03h.47m.

Dec: -31º56'

Mag: 8.3,8.6 Sep.: 9.2" P.A.: 1391 Nat:f Spec.:B,B
AOC: 428 DSC: 312 D.D.S.: 22h.53m.(UT); 9-Nov.-1985

h3596

           

                NOTE: One is in a very poor zone; there is a small difference of magnitude, are together, both components are blue, easy to locate is unfolded with 50x.

 

D O U B L E

Nom:Es 1 R.A.: 02h.42m.

Dec: -25º10'

Mag: 6.8,9.0 Sep.: 12" P.A.: 1911 Nat:? Spec.:A,A
AOC: 418 DSC: 303 D.D.S.: 23h.48m.(UT); 12-Oct.-1985

Es1

 

            NOTE: One is in a rich star field, is a remarkable difference of brightness between the components, both components are white, is unfolded without difficulty with the eyeglass of 50x.

 

D O U B L E

Nom: S 453 R.A.: 02h.55m.

Dec: -25110'

Mag: 7.7, 8.1 Sep.: 29" P.A.: 2251 Nat:? Spec.:A,B
AOC:419 DSC: 304 D.D.S.: 23h.53m.(UT); 12-Oct.-1985

s453

 

            NOTE: One is in a zone not very rich; there is a smallest difference of magnitude, is little separated, his phantoms are similarities, is unfolded without difficulty with the eyeglass of 50x.

 

D O U B L E

Nom: h 3642 R.A.: 04h.17m.

Dec: -34º01'

Mag: 6.5,8.5 Sep.: 6.0" P.A.: 1581 Nat:f Spec.:A,M
AOC: 432 DSC: 316 D.D.S.: 23h.21m.(UT); 9-Nov.-1985

h3642

 

            NOTE: One is in a poor zone; there is a great difference of magnitude, are very together, the main one is white, however, the secondary one is red, easy to locate is unfolded with 50x.

 

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