Caelum

Caelum
Caelum
List of stars in Caelum
Abbreviation: Cae
Genitive: Caeli
Symbology: the chisel
Right ascension: 5 h
Declination: −40°
Area: 125 sq. deg. (81st)
Main stars: 4
Bayer/Flamsteed stars: 8
Stars known to have planets: None
Bright stars: 0
Nearby stars: 0
Brightest star: α Cae (4.45m)
Nearest star: α Cae (65.7 ly)
Messier objects: 0
Meteor showers: None
Bordering constellations: Columba
Lepus
Eridanus
Horologium
Dorado
Pictor
Visible at latitudes between +40° and −90°
Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of January

Caelum ( earlier Cæla Sculptoris (Latin: the sculptor's chisel) is a minor southern constellation introduced by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille.

Notable features

Caelum is a faint constellation, having no star brighter than fourth magnitude. Its brightest star, and the one closest to earth at 65.7 light years, is the magnitude 4.45 α Caeli. It is also the eighth smallest constellation, with an area just less than that of Corona Australis.

Caelum has little to offer for the small telescope. A small telescope splits γ Caeli into a magnitude 4.5 red giant and a magnitude 6.34 white giant. Larger telescopes are needed to see several NGC objects, all galaxies, but none brighter than magnitude 11.5 or larger than 3 arcseconds.[1]

Citations

1. ^ Caelum at SEDS.org

References

* Ian Ridpath and Wil Tirion (2007). Stars and Planets Guide, Collins, London. ISBN 978-0007251209. Princeton University Press, Princeton. ISBN 978-0691135564.

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The 88 modern constellations

Andromeda | Antlia | Apus | Aquarius | Aquila | Ara | Aries | Auriga | Boötes | Caelum | Camelopardalis | Cancer | Canes Venatici | Canis Major | Canis Minor | Capricornus | Carina | Cassiopeia | Centaurus | Cepheus | Cetus | Chamaeleon | Circinus | Columba | Coma Berenices | Corona Australis | Corona Borealis | Corvus | Crater | Crux | Cygnus | Delphinus | Dorado | Draco | Equuleus | Eridanus | Fornax | Gemini | Grus | Hercules | Horologium | Hydra | Hydrus | Indus | Lacerta | Leo | Leo Minor | Lepus | Libra | Lupus | Lynx | Lyra | Mensa | Microscopium | Monoceros | Musca | Norma | Octans | Ophiuchus | Orion | Pavo | Pegasus | Perseus | Phoenix | Pictor | Pisces | Piscis Austrinus | Puppis | Pyxis | Reticulum | Sagitta | Sagittarius | Scorpius | Sculptor | Scutum | Serpens | Sextans | Taurus | Telescopium | Triangulum | Triangulum Australe | Tucana | Ursa Major | Ursa Minor | Vela | Virgo | Volans | Vulpecula



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