Ngc 2017

This chance grouping of stars resembles a small cluster. The disks and spikes are effects of the large professional telescope through which the picture was taken.

Columba Columbae (Col)

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Columba is a constellation of the southern sky formed in the late 16 th century by the Dutch theologian and astronomer Petrus Plancius from stars south of Lepus and Canis Major that had not previously been allocated to any constellation. It represents the dove released by Noah from his Ark to try to find dry land in the Biblical story The dove returned with a twig from an olive tree in its beak, indicating that the waters of the Great Flood were at last receding.

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