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  1. Microscopiumnoun

    a faint constellation in the southern hemisphere near Sagittarius and Capricornus


  1. Microscopiumnoun

    A faint constellation of the southern spring sky, said to resemble a microscope. It lies south of the constellation of Capricornus.

  2. Etymology: Named by the French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille in 1763. From later microscopium, a "microscope"


  1. Microscopium

    Microscopium ("the Microscope") is a minor constellation in the southern celestial hemisphere, one of twelve created in the 18th century by French astronomer Nicolas-Louis de Lacaille and one of several depicting scientific instruments. The name is a Latinised form of the Greek word for microscope. Its stars are faint and hardly visible from most of the non-tropical Northern Hemisphere. The constellation's brightest star is Gamma Microscopii of apparent magnitude 4.68, a yellow giant 2.5 times the Sun's mass located 223 ± 8 light-years distant. It passed within 1.14 and 3.45 light-years of the Sun some 3.9 million years ago, possibly disturbing the outer Solar System. Two star systems—WASP-7 and HD 205739—have been determined to have planets, while two others—the young red dwarf star AU Microscopii and the sunlike HD 202628—have debris disks. AU Microscopii and the binary red dwarf system AT Microscopii are probably a wide triple system and members of the Beta Pictoris moving group. Nicknamed "Speedy Mic", BO Microscopii is a star with an extremely fast rotation period of 9 hours, 7 minutes.


  1. Microscopium

    Microscopium is a small constellation in the southern sky, defined in the 18th century by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille. Its name is Latin for microscope; it was called this due to its visual similarity to 18th century microscope. Its stars are very faint and hardly visible from most of the non-tropical northern hemisphere. The former constellation Neper, representing an auger, may have been located in or near modern-day Microscopium. However, this connection is disputed.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of microscopium in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of microscopium in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1


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    long and thin and often limp
    • A. lank
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