The Indian

Indus Constellation

Origin of the Constellation

Indus was created by the Dutch navigators Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman, who charted the southern skies in 1595 - 1597. The constellation is thought to represent the American Indians encountered by European navigators in their early voyages of exploration. Ian Ridpath suggests that the constellation may represent in particular the native peoples of Tierra del Fuego and Patagonia.  

Copyright © 1998 - 2010 by Arnold V. Lesikar,
Professor Emeritus
Dept. of Physics, Astronomy, and Engineering Science,
St. Cloud State University,St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498

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