the Microscope

Created between 1750-1754 by French astronomer Nicolas Louis de La Caille in order to commemorate the scientific advancements taking place in Europe at the time. It is a faint constellation lying south of Capricornus, the sea-goat. It is visible to most of the United States, rising just above the horizon. A German astronomy book published in 1564 labeled these stars as the obsolete constellation of Neper, the drill.