SCULPTOR

| SCULPTOR Chart | Midnight Culmination | Description | Galaxies |

Constellation Data

  • Name: SCULPTOR
  • Translation: The Sculptor
  • Abbreviation: Sci
  • Genitive: Sculptoris
  • Size: 36
  • Located Between: Cetus
  • RA: 0 hours
  • Decl: -35 degrees
  • Season: Fall
  • Midnight Culmination: September 26
  • Pages where SCULPTOR is discussed in Chet Raymo's 365 Starry Nights: 194-195



What is the Genitive form?
What is Right Ascension (RA)?
Is this constellation ever visible from my latitude? What is Declination?

Where should I look for a constellation on a date before or after its midnight culmination? What is Midnight Culmination?

Description

Located south of the flukes of Cetus the Whale. Trace to it by following a line southward from Alpheratz (the corner of Pegasus and Andromeda) through gamma-Pegasi, across Pisces and Cetus. This line will run through Beta-Ceti (Diphda) just before reaching the faint stars of Sculptor (alpha-Sculptoris is only magnitude 4.3). Look for it from northern latitudes barely visible low in the south during September and October.

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Galaxies

NGC 253 (C65), an edge-on spiral galaxy just south of Beta-Ceti (Diphda). This magnificent telescopic object, discovered by Caroline Herschel, is visible with binoculars as well. At a distance of only 8,000,000 LY, it lies not far beyond the Local Group.

What are Galaxies?
Table of Messier Objects.
What is apparent Magnitude?

Origin

Created by Lacaille in 1752, as one of 14 constellations in the far southern sky named after scientific instruments. Originally named Apparatus Sculptor, the Sculptor's Tools.

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