|Pronunciation||//, genitive //|
|Area||1060 sq. deg. (9th)|
|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)
|Meteor showers||Alpha Centaurids
|Visible at latitudes between +25° and −90°.
Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of May.
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.
Images for kids
Centaurus as depicted on The Manuchihr Globe made in Mashhad 1632-33 AD (Adilnor Collection, Sweden)
Centaurus Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.