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Musca (Fly)

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Within Musca there is a soft X-ray transient Nova Muscae 1991 is a binary object consisting of a star and a black hole. Musca also contains the unusual planetary nebula NGC 5189, located about 3,000 light years from earth.

Musca, under its original name Apis – the Bee, provides nourishment for the nearby constellation Chamaeleon trying to catch the insect with its tongue.

Neighbouring Constellations

Apus (Bird of Paradise)

Carina (Keel)

Centaurus (Centaur)

Crux (Cross)

Picture of Musca