Fornax facts for kids
|Area||398 sq. deg. (41st)|
|Stars with planets||7|
|Stars brighter than 3.00m||0|
|Stars within 10.00 pc (32.62 ly)||2|
|Brightest star||α For (3.80m)|
|Nearest star||LP 944-20
(16.20 ly, 4.97 pc)
|Visible at latitudes between +50° and −90°.
Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of December.
Fornax has been the target of investigations into the furthest reaches of the universe. The Hubble Ultra Deep Field is located within Fornax, and the Fornax Cluster, a small cluster of galaxies, lies primarily within Fornax. At a meeting of the Royal Astronomical Society in Britain, a team from University of Queensland described 40 unknown "dwarf" galaxies in this constellation; follow-up observations with the Hubble Space Telescope and the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope revealed that Ultra Compact Dwarfs are much smaller than previously known dwarf galaxies, about 120 light-years across.
Images for kids
Fornax Chemica can be seen below Cetus in this card from Urania's Mirror (1825).
Fornax Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.