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Chamaeleon: A small constellation in the deep southern sky, named after the lizard.
History: Created by Petrus Plancius from the observations of Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman in the 16th century.
Stars: Four bright stars form a diamond-shape near the south celestial pole. Delta Chamaeleontis is a wide double star. Cha 110913 is a unique dwarf star or proto solar system.
Clusters and Nebulae: Eta Chamaeleontis cluster is a nearby open cluster of young stars. Chamaeleon dark clouds are molecular clouds that are forming low-mass T Tauri stars. IC 2631 is a reflection nebula associated with the Chamaeleon I cloud. NGC 3195 is a faint planetary nebula.
Other Names: The Little Dipper in Chinese astronomy, the Frying Pan in Australia.
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