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Abbreviation:  Cen
English Name:  The Centaur
Genitive: Rigel Kentaurus
  Southern Hemisphere (Parts visible from the UK.)
Location: Between the constellations of Lupus and Hydra.
Visible between latitudes:  
+30 and -90 degrees
Best season: Spring
Seen in three season:
 Winter, Spring and Summer
Best seen in:
  During in the middle of May
Seen between: Only in May for the UK.
Right Ascension (RA):  13 hour
Declination (DEC): -50 degrees
Area (square degrees):  1,060  (9th)

Centaurus (The Centaur)

  • Centaurus is a bright constellation in the southern sky – one of the largest constellations with 13 stars above magnitude +3.5
  • Centaurus contains several very bright stars because of its position in the Milky Way.

Messier Objects

  • No Messier objects in Centaurus.

Features of Interest

  • NGC 5139 – Omega Centauri; also known as Caldwell 80 (C80), is a Globular Cluster – brightest and largest known of all the Globular Cluster. And one of the few globular clusters visible to the naked eye and appears about as large as the Full Moon.
  • NGC 5128 – Centaurus A; also known as Caldwell 77 (C77) – this unusual galaxy with a dark dust lane, is only visible from low northern latitudes, not visible from the UK.
  • NGC 4945 – Large spiral galaxy is seen edge-on; in fact it’s almost the size of our own Milky Way Galaxy.
  • NGC 5286 – Globular Cluster; described as very bright, fairly large round and extremely rich.
  • NGC 3766 – Open Cluster, very dense and shimmers like a Pearl which is how it got it’s nickname:- The Pearl Cluster.

Names Stars

  • Rigel Kentaurus (Alpha 1 Cen)
  • Agena (Beta Cen)
  • Menkent (Theta Cen)


  • Photo of the constellation – Centaurus, as it appears to the naked-eye. (Lines have been added for clarity.)
  • Sky Chart  –  Centaurus
  • List of stars in Centaurus.


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