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Asterism 72 - Observatory; Astronomy

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Astronomy – the most ancient, and perhaps the most modern, of the sciences.  Millennia of observations, yet only centuries of science.  The science started with the telescope, and its modern counterpart, the Observatory.  Through Astronomy, we learn our place in the universe, and of the universe itself.  Can we leave Earth?  Are we alone?  How did it all begin?  How will it all end?  We view the stars, and through them, try to understand existence itself.

8 stars – 4 from Eridanus, 3 from Phoenix, and 1 from Horologium.

Right Ascension = 01h59m

Declination = -49.8 degrees

Alpha Eridanus, Achernar, magnitude 0.48, the end of the river Eridanus, is the bright star in this asterism.

The New Asterisms
Fish - #9 Bird - #13 Radio/Television Tower - #15
House; Domicile - #16 Octopus - #22 Grain; Bread - #24
Flower; Pollination - #25 Monkey; Primate - #30 Combat; Conquest - #31
Smith; Metal Working - #33 Book; Writing - #36 Ant; Insect - #37
Gun - #40 City; Civilization - #48 Love; Affection - #59
Itinerant; Migration - #60 Sailing; Navigation - #61 Coin; Money - #62
Airplane; Aeronautics - #64 Farmer; Agriculture - #65 Computer - #66
Friends; Friendship - #69 Horse and Rider - #70 Observatory; Astronomy - #72
Automobile - #74 Family - #75 Factory; Industrialization - #77
Tree - #78 Human Being - #79