Constellation The Compasses

Circinus (The Compasses): gift, map and visability

  • Meaning: The Compasses
  • Best seen in: June
  • Family: Lacaille
  • Latitude: +20° to -90°

Circinus or The Compasses is one of the 88 constellations modern astronomers have divided the sky into. It's part of the Lacaille constellation family. Circinus is best seen in June (from latitudes +20° to -90°).

Represented by a dividing compass, Circinus was created to fill a gap. French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille added it in the 1750’s to go next to a set square and ruler to complete a set of tools in the sky. Compasses have been used by navigators drawing circles and measuring distances since ancient times and are still used today.

Circinus Constellation Map

Circinus Constellation Map
Circinus icon

Main Stars in The Compasses (Circinus)

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

  • Alpha Circini
  • Beta Circini
  • Gamma Circini
  • HD 129445

Some of the deep sky objects which have been discovered in Circinus include: Circinus Galaxy, Circinus X-1, NGC 5315.

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