Constellations

Caelum

Caelum

Located in the southern sky, Caelum is a faint constellation that was a introduced in the 1750s by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille.  In Latin, the name means “chisel,” but it was formerly known as Caelum Sculptorium. Caelum Scupltorium is Latin…

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Cepheus

Cepheus

Cepheus is a constellation in the northern sky, named after Cepheus, a king of Aethiopia in Greek mythology. Cepheus has one star with known planets and contains no Messier objects. The brightest star in the…


Tucana

Tucana

Tucana is a constellation of stars in the southern sky, named after the toucan. It is one of twelve constellations conceived in the late sixteenth century by Petrus Plancius from the observations of Pieter Dirkszoon…


Telescopium

Telescopium

Telescopium constellation lies in the southern sky, south of the constellations Sagittarius and Corona Australis. As the name indicates, Telescopum represents the telescope and was was created by the French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille in the 18th…


Circinus

Circinus

Circinus is a small, faint constellation in the southern sky, first defined in 1756 by the French astronomer Nicolas-Louis de Lacaille. Its name is Latin for compass, referring to the drafting tool used for drawing…


Antlia

Antlia

The constellation Antlia is located in the Southern Celestial Hemisphere, and is represented by an air pump. The reason for using an air pump representation is a result of the name Antlia meaning “pump” in…


Mensa

Mensa

Mensa is a constellation in the Southern Celestial Hemisphere near the south celestial pole. Mensa is 1 of 12 constellations created in the 18th century by French astronomer Nicolas-Louis de Lacaille. Its name is Latin…


Sextans

Sextans

The Sextans constellation lies in the southern sky, near the celestial equator. The constellation represents the astronomical sextant. Sextans is located in a dim region of the sky between the constellations Hydra, Crater, and Leo. The constellation was…


Triangulum

Triangulum

Located in the northern sky, the constellation Triangulum is small in size, with a name in Latin meaning Triangle. This name of “triangle”, derives from the three brightest stars, which form a long and narrow triangle….


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Southern Circumpolar Constellations

The circumpolar southern constellations are Carina, Centaurus, and Crux. They can be found circling the south celestial pole and can be seen from southern latitudes at any time of year while remaining invisible for observers in most northern locations….