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Octans
Constellation
Abbreviation Oct
Genitive Octantis
Pronunciation how to say: /ˈɒktænz/, genitive /ɒkˈtæntɨs/
Symbolism the Octant
Right ascension 22
Declination −90
Quadrant SQ4
Area 291 sq. deg. (50th)
Main stars 3
Bayer/Flamsteed
stars
27
Stars with planets 2
Stars brighter than 3.00m 0
Stars within 10.00 pc (32.62 ly) 1
Brightest star Nu Octantis (3.73m)
Nearest star LHS 531
(28.11 ly, 8.62 pc)
Messier objects none
Meteor showers none
Bordering
constellations
Tucana
Indus
Pavo
Apus
Chamaeleon
Mensa
Hydrus
Visible at latitudes between +0° and −90°.
Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of October.
Circumpolar.

Octans is the southernmost constellation. It represents a tool that a sailor would use to find his position using the position of the stars; the octant. Octans contains the southernmost star above Magnitude 6, σ Octantis, which cannot be seen easily.


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