Centaurus

The Centaur

Constellation of the southern sky

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GenitiveCentauri
AbbreviationCen
Right Ascension11h07 to 15h03
Declination-30.3° to -64.8°
Area (sq deg)1,060
Brightest StarAlpha Centauri
Optimum VisibilityApril
Map of Centaurus
Relative Galactic Position of Centaurus

The space enclosed by the constellation Centaurus includes a part of the Galactic Nucleus and, beyond that, the long arc of the distant Sagittarius Arm.

A rich and extensive constellation of the southern sky. Centaurus contains much that is of interest, but is perhaps most famous for the stars Proxima and Alpha Centauri, the nearest stars to Earth's Solar System.

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