Crater (constellation)

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List of stars in Crater
Abbreviation: Crt
Genitive: Crateris
Right ascension: 11 h
Declination: −16°
Area: 282 sq. deg. (53rd)
Main stars: 4
Bayer/Flamsteed stars: 12
Stars known to have planets: 6
Bright stars: 0
Nearby stars: 0
Brightest star: δ Crt (Labrum) (3.57m)
Nearest star: LHS 2358 ( ly)
Messier objects: 0
Meteor showers: Eta Craterids
Bordering constellations: Leo
Visible at latitudes between +65° and −90°
Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of April

Crater (/ˈkreɪtər/) is a constellation. In Latin it means cup. It is a constellation in Greek mythology (Apollo). It was one of the 48 constellations listed by the 1st century astronomer Ptolemy, and remains one of the 88 modern constellations. It is located in the Southern Hemisphere.[1]

Mythology[change | change source]

The name "Crater" is taken from a Greek myth. In the story, a crow or raven serves Apollo. It is sent to get water, but it rests lazily on the journey. After finally getting the water in a cup, it takes back a water snake as well, as an excuse. According to the myth, Apollo saw through the trick and angrily cast the cup, crow, and snake into the sky. The constellations of Corvus the crow and Hydra the water-snake are also taken from this myth.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Crater". Harvard. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 

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