Many have tried to take the Southern crown
held aloft by Lynyrd Skynyrd over the years with Blackfoot, The Black Crowes and the immense Raging Slab coming close but maybe, just maybe Blackberry Smoke have that edge, that touch of class that makes them a worthy successor to the great Southern veterans themselves.
The constellation Pavo the Peacock can be seen flying south of the constellations Sagittarius and the Southern Crown
. The bird itself, long a symbol of immortality, does not fail to show off its true colours in spreading its tail for all to see.
Clusters and Nebulae in the Archer and the Southern Crown
Object Mag (v) Size Messier 54 Globular cluster 7.6 12.0 Messier 55 Globular cluster 6.3 19.0 Terzan 7 Globular cluster 12.0 2.6 NGC 6723 Globular cluster 7.0 13.0 NGC 6726/7 Reflection Nebula -- 9' x 7' NGC 6729 Variable Nebula -- 1' IC 4812 Reflection Nebula -- 10 x 7 FeSt 1-446/7 Dark Nebula -- 50 x 17 Object RA Dec.
The constellation that lies on the SE edge of Sagittarius, and also borders Scorpius, is the faint collection of stars that make up Corona Australis, The Southern Crown
. The brightest star in this constellation has a magnitude of only 4.1, so it is nearly impossible to see with the naked eye from cities.
CORONA AUSTRALIS, the Southern Crown
, is near the zenith for skywatchers at mid-southern latitudes on September evenings.
Returning south, we find near the zenith the small grouping of Corona Australis, the Southern Crown
. Despite its southerly declination, ancient Alexandrian astronomer Claudius Ptolemy included it in his original listing of 48 constellations.