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Abbreviation:  Cir
English Name:  The Drawing Compass
Genitive: Circini
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.

Messier Objects

  • 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.

Named Stars

  • 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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