Centaurus and company Picture

This is the same as [link] but now Centaurus and Crux are labelled (along with some other constellations).
Mufasa: Simba, let me tell you something that my father told me. Look at the stars; the great kings of the past look down on us from those stars.
Simba: Really?
Mufasa: Yes. So whenever you feel alone, just remember that those kings will always be there to guide you ... and so will I.

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"Centaurus has traditionally been identified as a centaur, a mythological creature, half man, half horse."

α1 Cen: Alpha Centauri (Rigel or Rigil Kentaurus), 700 light-years away 4th brightest star*
β Cen: Beta Centauri (Hadar or Agena), 530 light-years away, 10th brightest star
θ Cen: Theta Centauri (Menkent), 61 light-years away, 53rd brightest star
ε Cen: Epsilon Centauri, 380 light-years away, 72nd brightest star
η Cen: Eta Centauri, 310 light-years away, 77th brightest star

*technically Alpha Centuri consists of two stars, the other being α2 Cen, 10th brightest star

"Its name is Latin for wolf. [...] In ancient times, the constellation was considered an asterism within Centaurus, and was considered to have been an arbitrary animal, killed, or about to be killed, on behalf of, or for, Centaurus."

α Lup: Alpha Lupi, 550 light-years away, 74th brightest star

"Its name is Latin for cross, and it is dominated by a cross-shaped asterism that is commonly known as the Southern Cross because throughout this Common Era it has been easily visible from the southern hemisphere, at practically any time of year..."

β Cru: Beta Crucis (Mimosa or Becrux), 350 light-years away, 20th brightest star
α1 Cru: Alpha Crucis (Acrux), 320 light-years away, 23rd brightest star
γ Cru: Gamma Crucis (Gacrux), 88 light-years away, 26th brightest star

"Its name is Latin for normal, referring to a right angle, and is variously considered to represent a rule, a carpenter's square, a set square or a level."

"Its name is Latin for compass, referring to the drafting tool used for drawing circles; it should not be confused with Pyxis, a constellation that represents a mariner's compass."

"Musca, under its original name Apis – the Bee, was introduced in the late 16th century by Petrus Plancius to fill the previously uncharted area around the southern pole and to provide nourishment for the nearby constellation Chamaeleon (17th-century celestial maps clearly show the chameleon's tongue trying to catch the insect). In 1752 Nicolas Louis de Lacaille renamed it to Musca Australis, the Southern Fly – Australis..."

See also: [link]

Stellarium 0.8.1 [link]
Wikipedia (2009-05-09) [link]
Tango Colour Palette [link]

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