Name a Star in the Corona Australis Constellation

Modified: July 1, 2023     Author: International Star Registry

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Often called the Southern Crown, this constellation is seen in the southern hemisphere close to the waist of Sagittarius on the edge of the Milky Way. It is one of the 48 original constellations listed by Ptolemy in 2nd-century. The constellation is not bright, but it is easily identified by the distinctive horseshoe shape in the southern sky. It can be seen as far north as the Southern US and North Africa. It is host to the short-lived Corona Australis meteor shower in mid-March of each year. Constellations near Corona Australis include Sagittarius, Scorpius, Telescopium, and Ara 


Symbol: CrA 

Right Ascension: 06:53 

Declination: -40 

Diameter (°): 8 

Area (square °): 128 

Opposition: Jul 04 

Size Rank: 80th 

Brightness Rank: 65th 

Genitive: Coronae Australis 


Major or notable stars in Corona Australis 

Meridiana – α Coronae Australis (Alpha Coronae Australis) 

β Coronae Australis (Beta Coronae Australis) 

β Coronae Australis (Beta Coronae Australis) 

RX J1856.5-3754 


Deep Sky Objects in Corona Australis 

Corona Australis Nebula  

NGC 6541 

NGC 6726/NGC 6727 

NGC 6729 (Caldwell 68) 

Coronet cluster 


Mythology of the Constellation Corona Australis 

There are not many myths associated with Corona Australis, but it is sometimes known as the crown of Sagittarius.  One story is that the crown was placed in the heavens by Bacchus, the God of Wine.  The story says that the mortal woman Stimula had been impregnated by the God Jupiter. This caused Jupiter’s wife Juno to become angry and jealous. Juno tricked Stimula into asking Jupiter to let her see him in his full Olympian splendor. Once he did, the sight of it was too much for the mortal. She was burned to death, but her child, Bacchus survived. As a loving son, Bacchus honored his mother by placing a wreath of stars in the Heavens for her. 


Q. What is Corona Australis nearby? 

A. Corona Australis is a small constellation bordered by Sagittarius to the north, Scorpius to the west, Telescopium to the south, and Ara to the southwest. 


Q. What is the meaning behind Corona Australis? 

A. Corona Australis, the Southern Crown, was known by the Greeks as a wreath, not a crown. If you live in the Southern Hemisphere, this is a good constellation to choose when you buy a star kit.  


Q. Where can you see Corona Australis the best? 

A. From the Souther Hemisphere, Corona Australis is most visible at the end of summer/early fall.

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