Circinus


Circinus


English nameCompasses

Major
stars
alpha Circinimagn. 3,4RA: 14h 42m 30.46sDec: -64 58' 30.2"

DescriptionSmall and weak constellation, to the southeast of Centaurus, near Rigil (alpha Centauri). The only remarkable object is alpha Circini, a double star separable with small telescopes.

Mythology
and history
The constellation was drawn by Nicolas Louis de La Caille in 1756. It represents the tool used by cartographers and navigators.


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