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(The Dove)
         
   
  South of Lepus and Orion, Columba the Dove is a fairly bright constellation. It was invented by a Dutch theologian called Petrus Plancius in the 16th century.
   
 
   
  NGC 1808   NGC 1808:
    A raging cauldron of star forming activity at a distance of 40 million light years away, this galaxy has been extensively scrutinised by the Hubble Space Telescope. It is possibly being distorted by a nearby galaxy, NGC 1792.
  NGC 2090:
A faint magnitude 12 galaxy, the core is the brightest part with a old stellar population. The gaseous appearing spiral arms contain mainly young stars possibly because of a high rate of star formation.
    Despite shining at a bright 10th magnitude,
NGC 1808 isn't well known despite its fame in scientific circles. As with many other southern objects, it would probably get the deserved recognition if it was placed at a more northernly declination. This deep image reveals a ghostly ring encircling the central part, this is invisible to the eye visually through a telescope.
 
Image copyright S. Crouch
 
Circinus
        Coma Berenices