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Of Flies, Bees and Wasps

May 27, 2016

Les Dalrymple is a guide at Sydney Observatory and a keen observer. Below he discusses the history of an often overlooked constellation close to the Southern Cross. With its stars too far south to be seen by classical cultures, the constellation of Musca – the fly, (along with eleven other new southern constellations) were introduced by Dutch cartographer Petrus Plancius in his star-globe of 1598.