Octans

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Octans
Octans
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List of stars in Octans
Abbreviation: Oct
Genitive: Octantis
Symbology:
Right ascension: 22 h
Declination: −90°
Area: 291 sq. deg. (50th)
Main stars: 3
Bayer/Flamsteed stars: 27
Stars known to have planets: 2
Bright stars: 0
Nearby stars: 1
Brightest star: Nu Octantis (3.73m)
Nearest star: LHS 531 ( ly)
Messier objects: none
Meteor showers: none
Bordering constellations: Tucana
Indus
Pavo
Apus
Chamaeleon
Mensa
Hydrus
Visible at latitudes between +0° and −90°
Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of October
Circumpolar.


Octans is the southernmost constellation. It represents a tool that a sailor would use to find his position using the position of the stars; the octant. Octans contains the southernmost star above Magnitude 6, σ Octantis, which cannot be seen easily.