English nameSculptor

No star of the constellation exceeds the magnitude 3,5.

DescriptionVery weak constellation of the southern hemisphere, to the south of Cetus and Aquarius: its brightest stars are of fourth magnitude.

NGC 253Sculptor contains a pair of remarkable galaxies, visible with small telescopes: firstly NGC 253 (here on the left), near the border with Cetus, a beautiful foreshortened spiral galaxy of seventh magnitude; secondly NGC 55, on the border with Phoenix, a spiral galaxy of eighth magnitude which is almost in profile.

and history
The constellation was drawn by Nicolas Louis de La Caille in 1756. It represents a sculptor table, with a marble head, a chisel and a mallet: at first its name was Apparatus Sculptoris.

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