stellar constellation in the southern celestial hemisphere
Centaurus is a constellation in the southern hemisphere of the night sky. It is named after a centaur, which is a creature that is half man and half horse. The astronomer named Ptolemy listed Centaurus when he made a list of 48 constellations. Centaurus is also one of the 88 constellations that were made by the International Astronomical Union.
|Pronunciation||/sɛnˈtɔːrəs/, genitive /sɛnˈtɔːraɪ/|
|Area||1060 sq. deg. (9th)|
|Stars with planets||14|
|Stars brighter than 3.00m||10|
|Stars within 10.00 pc (32.62 ly)||8|
|Brightest star||α Cen (−0.27m)|
|Meteor showers||Alpha Centaurids|
|Visible at latitudes between +25° and −90°.|
Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of May.
In the direction of Centaurus is the Shapley Supercluster or Shapl (SCl 124). This is the largest concentration of galaxies in our nearby universe.