Microscopium: The Microscope


Microscopium, The Microscope

Microscopium as depicted by its creator, Nicolas Louis de La Caille.

Microscopium Constellation Profile
Abbreviation: Mic Genitive: Microscopii Origin: Lacaille
Location: Southern Hemisphere Size/Area: 210 sq. deg. Size Rank: 66
On Meridian: 9pm September 20th Best View (North): Best View (South):
Bordering Constellations: Indus, Grus, Piscis Austrinus, Capricornus, Sagittarius, Telescopium


The Myth Behind the Constellation Microscopium

Microscopium, “the microscope”, is another creation by Nicolas-Louis de La Caille that represents a scientific instrument.  The microscope was invented by a Dutchman, Zacharius Jensen, who was a spectacle maker.  The constellation was titled Microscope on La Caille’s 1756 planisphere, and changed it to Microscopium for the map’s second edition.

Microscopium Constellation Points of Interest

Interesting stars and objects.

Bright Stars in Microscopium

There are no stars in Microscopium with a magnitude of 3.0 or brighter.