Centaurus Constellation. Centaurus constellation is located in the southern hemisphere. It is one of the Greek constellations, catalogued by the Greek astronomer Ptolemy in the 2nd century, but it was mentioned in earlier Greek texts by the astronomer Eudoxus and the poet Aratus. Centaurus is one of the largest constellations in the sky.
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What is the closest star to Centaurus constellation?
Centaurus constellation contains the three closest stars to our solar system, excluding our Sun of course. The closest star to us is Proxima Centauri which is a small red dwarf starlocated about 4 light years away. Proxima is not visible in the night sky due to its brightness and size.
Where is Centaurus the centaur located?
Constellation Centaurus the Centaur, sits south of constellation Virgo, between Argo Navis and constellation Lupus. Centaurus contains 10 named fixed stars.
What is the best time of year to see Centaurus?
The Southern constellation of Centaurus, the Centaur, is best viewed in Spring during the month of May. It’s brightest star is Alpha Centauri at magnitude -0.27. The boundary of the Centaurus constellation contains 28 stars that host known exoplanets. Centaurus is a circumpolar constellation, so is visible year-round in the Southern hemisphere.
Is Centaurus A zodiac sign?
Centaurus is not a member of the Zodiac group of twelve constellations that appear when the Sun sets. Centaurus is a southern celestial hemispheric constellation. Centaurus lies south of the Ecliptic which is different to the Celestial Equator. The Celestial Equator is the projection of the terrestrial equator into space.