English Name: The Cup
Hemisphere: Southern Hemisphere
Location: Between the constellations of Corvus and Sextans.
Visible between latitudes: +65 and -90 degrees
Best season: Spring
Seen in three seasons: Winter, Spring and Summer
Best seen in: July
Seen between: February and May
Right Ascension (RA): 11 hour
Declination (DEC): -15 degrees
Area (square degrees): 282 (53rd)
Crater (The Cup)
- Its brightest stars are magnitude +4.1 and it contains no bright objects.
- No Messier objects in Crater.
Features of Interest
- NGC 3511 – Spiral Galaxy with a slight bar; magnitude +12.0 – requests a large telescope to be seen.
- Alkes (Alpha Crt) – Orange-hued giant star (magnitude; +4.1)
- Al Sharas (Beta Crt) – Blue/white hued star (magnitude; +4.5)
- Photo of the constellation; Crater, as it appears to the naked eye. (Lines have been added for clarity.)
- Sky Chart – Crater
- List of stars in Crater.
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