Caelum

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Caelum
Caelum
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List of stars in Caelum
Abbreviation: Cae[1]
Genitive: Caeli[1]
Symbology:
Right ascension: 5 h
Declination: −40°
Area: 125 sq. deg. (81st)
Main stars: 4
Bayer/Flamsteed stars: 8
Stars known to have planets: 0
Bright stars: 0
Nearby stars: 1
Brightest star: α Cae (4.45m)
Nearest star: RR Cae ( 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 Constellation chart

Caelum is a constellation in the southern sky. It is hard to see because it is not very bright. It means "the chisel" in Latin. It used to be named Caelum Scalptorium, which means "the engraver's chisel". It was created and named by the French astronomer named Nicolas Louis de Lacaille in the 1750s.[2] The brighest star in Caelum has a magnitude of 4.45.[3] This means that all of the stars in Caelum are too dark for people who live in cities to see.

References[change | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Ridpath, Ian; Wil Tirion (2001), Stars and Planets Guide, Princeton University Press, pp. 90-91, ISBN 0-691-08913-2
  2. Ridpath, Ian. "Caelum: The Chisel". Star Tales. http://www.ianridpath.com/startales/caelum.htm. Retrieved 27 Jan 2013.
  3. "Alpha Caeli (HIP 21770)". Ashland Astronomy Studio. http://www.astrostudio.org/xhip.php?hip=21770. Retrieved 27 Jan 2013.