English Name: The Drawing Compass
Hemisphere: Southern Hemisphere (Never visible from the UK.)
Location: Between the constellations of Triangulum Australe and Centaurus.
Visible between latitudes: +20 and -90 degrees
Best season: Summer
Seen in three seasons: Spring, Summer and Autumn
Best seen in: June
Seen between: March and August
Right Ascension (RA): 15 hour
Declination (DEC): -60 degrees
Area (square degrees): 93 (85th)
Circinus (The Drawing Compass)
- Small and faint constellation in the Southern Sky.
- Ciricinus is easy to find; lies next to Alpha Centauri brightest star in the constellation of Centaurus.
- Although it’s in the Milky Way.
- No Messier objects in Chameleon.
Features of Interest
- NGC 5823 – Open Cluster, also known as Caldwell 88 (C88), its border with the constellation of Lupus.
- Alpha Circini (double star)
- Beta Circini
- Gamma Cirini (binary star – very close pair; yellowand blue stars.)
- Photo of the constellation; Circinus, as it appears to the naked eye. (Lines have been added for clarity.)
- Sky Chart – Circinus
- List of stars in Circinus.
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