Constellation Indus (Indian)Date:
The Indian (lat. Indus) is an inconspicuous constellation of the southern hemisphere. The brightest star of the constellation is Alpha Indi, a 3.1m bright red sub giant at 101 light years distance.
How to spot Indus
At the end of the 16th century, a Dutch fleet traveled to the legendary Spice Islands to create new trade relationships. Under Captain Keyser, the positions of 135 stars were measured during this journey, which were later included by Peter Plancius in his sky maps. From these he recognized twelve new constellations, including "De Indiaen". A few years later, the constellation was recorded as "Indus" in the new Sky Atlas.