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(The Southern Crown)
     
             
Corona Australis is a very ancient grouping of stars. In fact it was one of the first series of constellations recorded by Ptolemy. Many believe it to represent a crown of olive leaves although everyone differs over who it belongs to, some think Sagittarius and other believe it to be property of Chiron the centaur.
             
             
NGC 6726-7-9 and IC 4812:

This tranquil grouping of reflection nebulae is in a way serendipitous because it wouldn't exist if not for a group of stars embedded in a giant dust cloud. This dust cloud is exceedingly active as indicated by numerous hook shaped objects that are Herbig Haro objects.

NGC 6726-27 is a pair of nebulae with NGC 6729, a comet shaped aquamarine nebula to the left. IC 4812 is an irregular blue cloud that surrounds a double star. Above the complex lies the globular cluster NGC 6723, which lies thousands of light years further in the distance in Sagittarius.

             
   
The reflection complex of NGC 6726 is at an unbelievably close distance of 500 light years. It is surrounded by many different various objects, mouseover for their names.
Image copyright G. Rhemann and M. Jäger
 
Coma Berenices
    Corona Borealis
Globular cluster NGC 6723 in Sagittarius Reflection nebulae NGC 6726-7-9 [closeup by Capella Observatory] Reflection nebula IC 4812 Dark nebula Bernes 157 Gamma Coronae Australis Epsilon Coronae Australis