English Name: The Furnace / (Originally named Fornax Chemica.)
Hemisphere: Southern Hemisphere (Parts visible from the UK.)
Location: Between the constellations of Caelum and Sculptor.
Visible between latitudes: +50 and -90 degrees
Best season: Winter
Seen in three seasons: Autumn, Winter and Spring
Best seen in: Early December
Seen between: November and January
Right Ascension (RA): 03 hour
Declination (DEC): -30 degrees
Area (square degrees): 398 (41st)
Fornax (The Furnace)
- Non-featured constellation in an unremarkable field in the sky.
- No Messier objects in Fornax.
Features of Interest
- NGC 1097 – barred spiral galaxy, also known as Caldwell 67 (C67), is a Seyfert galaxy – class of galaxies which have extremely bright showing strong emission lines; see the photo for an example – very bright core, very bright, very large, very elongated.
- NGC 1097 has two satellite galaxies – Dwarf elliptical galaxy NGC 1097A is attached at the end.
- Three explosion supernovae stars have been observed in NGC 1097.
- Fornacis (Alpha For)
- Photo of the constellation; Fornax, as it appears to the naked eye. (Lines have been added for clarity.)
- Sky Chart – Fornax
- List of stars in Fornax.
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