Constellation The Centaur

Centaurus (The Centaur): gift, map and visability

  • Meaning: The Centaur
  • Best seen in: May
  • Family: Hercules
  • Latitude: +30° to -90°

Centaurus or The Centaur is one of the 88 constellations modern astronomers have divided the sky into. It's part of the Hercules constellation family. Centaurus is best seen in May (from latitudes +30° to -90°).

Centaurus represents the Greek and Roman mythological beast that was half man, half horse (centaur). It also has two of the top ten brightest stars in the entire sky. Centaurus contains the closest star to the Sun, Alpha Centauri, 4.3 light years away. Known as Chiron to the Greeks, he was struck in the knee by Hercules’ poisoned arrows. Unable to die because he was immortal, Zeus placed him in the sky.

Centaurus Constellation Map

Centaurus Constellation Map
Centaurus icon

Main Stars in The Centaur (Centaurus)

The constellation Centaurus contains several bright stars that make up its shape. Some of these main stars are known as:

  • Alpha Centauri
  • Proxima Centauri
  • Hadar
  • Menkent
  • Muhlifain
  • Epsilon Centauri
  • Alnair

Some of the deep sky objects which have been discovered in Centaurus include: Centaurus A, Omega Centauri, NGC 4945, NGC 4650A, The Blue Planetary, NGC 4622, NGC 5090.

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