London, United Kingdom
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Grus constellation. Optical image of the constellations Grus (the crane) and Piscis Austrinis (the southern fish). North is at top. The body of the crane is formed by the orange star at upper centre (Beta Gruis). Al Na'ir (Alpha Gruis) is just to its right. The bright star at upper centre is Fomalhaut (Alpha Piscis Austrini) in the southern fish. At lower left is the bright star Achernar (Alpha Eridani) in the constellation Eridanus, the river. This blue giant star is the ninth brightest star in the sky and lies around 120 light years from Earth. These southern constellations are best seen in spring from the southern hemisphere.
May 7th, 2013
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