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#849299 - 12/30/13 05:06 PM Monoceros the Unicorn  
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Did you know that there is a unicorn constellation? Certainly, Monoceros isn't a classical constellation, and it's almost too faint to see. But it has a lot of interesting stars and other objects in it.

Monoceros the Unicorn

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#849771 - 01/03/14 06:33 PM Re: Monoceros the Unicorn [Re: Mona - Astronomy]  
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Here is an the location of the constellation Monoceros between Canis Minor and Canis Minor.

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#850014 - 01/06/14 07:10 PM Re: Monoceros the Unicorn [Re: Mona - Astronomy]  
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This is how the constellation Monoceros was represented in 18th century Urania's Mirror. It always seems, at first glance, as though the dog (Canis Minor) is having a ride. But it's just the constellation next door.

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#925754 - 01/12/18 03:40 PM Re: Monoceros the Unicorn [Re: Mona - Astronomy]  
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From this diagram, you can tell that Monoceros is probably faint. There aren't any bright stars shown for it. But January is a good time to see the Unicorn if you have a clear dark sky. Most of it is tucked inside the Winter Triangle, which is highly visible.

I have seen the Winter Triangle a few times recently, but seen nothing inside it. (Didn't remember to pack my binoculars, so I don't know if they would have made any of the stars of Monoceros visible.)

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Astrophotographer Ignacio Diaz Bobillo has captured this superb image of the dusty nebula NGC 2170 in Monoceros. The nebula reflects the light of nearby hot stars, with blue reflection nebulae, a red emission region and dark nebulae blocking the light. It's part of Mon R2, a giant stellar nursery about 2400 light years away.


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