Corona Australis is one of the 48 constellations cataloged by the Greek astronomer Ptolemy in the second century. Its name means 鈥渟outhern crown鈥?in Latin. It is an ancient constellation with roots in many cultures. It has been represented as a turtle,an ostrich nest,and even a tent. To the ancient Greeks,it represented a wreath.
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What are the neighboring constellations of Corona Australis?
The neighboring constellations are Ara, Sagittarius, Scorpius, and Telescopium. Corona Australis does not have any stars brighter than magnitude 3.00 or located within 10 parsecs (32.6 light years) of Earth. The brightest star in the constellation is Alpha Coronae Australis, also known as Meridiana.
What does Corona Australis represent in mythology?
Corona Australis is said to represent the crown worn by the centaur represented by Sagittarius by some sources, but the constellation is not really tied to any particular myth. Sometimes it is also called Corona Austrina. Corona Australis was first catalogued by the Greek astronomer Ptolemy in the 2nd century,…
What is the brightest star in Corona Australis?
The brightest star in Corona Australis is Meridiana / Alpha Coronae Australis, which has an apparent magnitude of 4.102. Meridiana is an A-type star, similar to Vega / Alpha Lyrae which is the brightest star in the constellation of Lyra.
How did Alpha Coronae Australis get its name?
Alpha Coronae Australis, formally known as Meridiana, is a class A2V star with an apparent magnitude of 4.10. It is 130 light years distant. It is the only named star in the constellation. It got its name, Alphekka Meridiana (Alphekka South) after Alphecca, the brightest star in the northern constellation Corona Borealis.