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An imaginary point in the southern sky that lies 90° south of the Celestial Equator, and can be considered as an extension of the Earth's south pole out into space. It is presently in the constellation Octans.
The sky around the Southern Celestial Pole is not rich in prominent stars. The brightest star in this image (to the northwest of centre) is Sigma Octantis, named Polaris Australis, the Southern Pole Star. At magnitude +5.44, however, it is barely visible to the naked eye, and rather less useful for navigation than its northern counterpart, Polaris. Imagery provided by Aladin sky atlas
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