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Centaurus
Constellation
Abbreviation Cen
Genitive Centauri
Pronunciation /sɛnˈtɔːrəs/, genitive /sɛnˈtɔːr/
Symbolism the Centaur
Right ascension 13
Declination −50
Quadrant SQ3
Area 1060 sq. deg. (9th)
Main stars 11
Bayer/Flamsteed
stars
69
Stars with planets 14
Stars brighter than 3.00m 10
Stars within 10.00 pc (32.62 ly) 8
Brightest star α Cen (−0.27m)
Nearest star Proxima Centauri (α Cen C)
(4.24 ly, 1.30 pc)
Messier objects 0
Meteor showers Alpha Centaurids
Omicron Centaurids
Theta Centaurids
Bordering
constellations
Antlia
Carina
Circinus
Crux
Hydra
Libra (corner)
Lupus
Musca
Vela
Visible at latitudes between +25° and −90°.
Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of May.
Centaurus IAU
Centaurus Constellation chart

Centaurus is a constellation in the southern hemisphere of the night sky. It is named after a centaur, which is a creature that is half man and half horse. The astronomer named Ptolemy listed Centaurus when he made a list of 48 constellations. Centaurus is also one of the 88 constellations that were made by the International Astronomical Union.

In the direction of Centaurus is the Shapley Supercluster or Shapley Concentration (SCl 124). This is the largest concentration of galaxies in our nearby universe.

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