The Chameleon

Abbreviation: Cha
Genitive: Chamaeleotis

The constellation of Chamaeleon

At the end of the sixteenth century the observations of Dutch explorers Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman allowed Dutch astronomer Petrus Plancius to create this constellation. It was one of many constellations devised by European astronomers in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries out of the newly-discovered (to them!) southern hemisphere stars.

Notable Features

Designation Name Description
C109 This planetary nebula is the most southerly of the bright planetary nebula. It appears about the same angular size as Jupiter in a medium-size telescope.