Crater (constellation) facts for kids
|Area||282 sq. deg. (53rd)|
|Stars with planets||6|
|Stars brighter than 3.00m||0|
|Stars within 10.00 pc (32.62 ly)||0|
|Brightest star||δ Crt (Labrum) (3.57m)|
|Nearest star||LHS 2358
(34.86 ly, 10.69 pc)
|Meteor showers||Eta Craterids|
|Visible at latitudes between +65° and −90°.
Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of April.
Crater (how to say: /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.
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.
Images for kids
Corvus, Crater and other constellations seen around Hydra. From Urania's Mirror (1825)
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