English Name: The Sculptor
Hemisphere: Southern Hemisphere
Location: Between the constellations of Cetus and Phoenix.
Visible between latitudes: +90 and -40 degrees
Best season: Autumn
Seen in three seasons: Summer, Autumn & Winter
Best seen in: Late October
Seen between: Early October and late November
Right Ascension (RA): 24 hour
Declination (DEC): -30 degrees
Area (square degrees): 475 (36th)
Sculptor (The Sculptor)
- This is a small and faint constellation in the southern sky.
- No stars brighter than magnitude +3.0 are located in this constellation.
- No Messier objects in Sculptor.
Features of Interest
- NGC 55 – Irregular Galaxy; edge-on, 12-inch telescope is required to show it well. (magnitude: +8.2)
- NGC 228 – Globular Cluster; poorly concentrated, appearing as a hazy spot, although individual stars may be detected even with 4-inch telescope.
- NGC 253 – Spiral Galaxy; known as The Silver Coin Galaxy, readily seen as elongated even with 3-inch telescope – fine object with 12-inch telescope. (Magnitude: +7.1)
- NGC 300 – Spiral Galaxy; also known as Caldwell 70 (C70), very bright, large & elongated in s-shaped; contain dark lanes
- Alpha Sculptoris (blue-white star / Magnitude: +4.3)
- Photo of the constellation; Sculptor, as it appears to the naked eye. (Lines have been added for clarity.)
- Sky Chart – Sculptor
- List of stars in Sculptor.
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