Abbreviation: Â Cir
English Name: Â The Drawing Compass
Hemisphere:Â Â Southern Hemisphere (Never visible from the UK.)
Location:Â Between the constellations of Triangulum Australe and Centaurus.
Visible between latitudes: Â +20 and -90 degrees
Best season: Summer
Seen in three seasons:Â Spring, Summer and Autumn
Best seen in:Â June
Seen between:Â March and August
Right Ascension (RA):Â 15 hour
Declination (DEC):Â -60 degrees
Area (square degrees): Â 93Â (85th)
Circinus (The Â 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.
- 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.
- Alpha Circini Â (double star)
- Beta Circini
- Gamma Cirini (binary star – very close pair; yellowand blue stars.)
- Photo of the constellation;Â Circinus, as it appears to the naked eye. (Lines have been added for clarity.)
- Sky Chart Â – Â Circinus
- List of stars in Circinus.
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