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This is one of the southern constellations introduced in the late 16th century by the Dutch navigator—astronomers Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman. It represents a man carrying a spear and arrows, although whether he is supposed to be a native of the East Indies, as encountered by the Dutch explorers during their expeditions, or a native of the Americas is not known. It is hard to trace the figure of a human from these stars.

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EPSILON (e) INDI 2 1 One of the closest stars to our own solar system, just 11.8 light-years away. Somewhat smaller and cooler than the Sun, it appears of magnitude 4.7 and is pale orange in color.

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