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Abbreviation:  Crt
English Name:  The Cup
Genitive: Alkes
Hemisphere:  Southern Hemisphere
Location: Between the constellations of Corvus and Sextans.
Visible between latitudes:  
+65 and -90 degrees
Best season: Spring
Seen in three seasons: Winter, Spring and Summer
Best seen in:  July
Seen between: February and May
Right Ascension (RA):  11 hour
Declination (DEC):  -15 degrees
Area (square degrees):  282 (53rd)

Crater (The Cup)

  • Its brightest stars are magnitude +4.1 and it contains no bright objects.

Messier Objects

  • No Messier objects in Crater.

Features of Interest

  • NGC 3511 – Spiral Galaxy with a slight bar; magnitude +12.0 – requests a large telescope to be seen.

Named Stars

  • Alkes (Alpha Crt) – Orange-hued giant star (magnitude; +4.1)
  • Al Sharas (Beta Crt) – Blue/white hued star (magnitude; +4.5)


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


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