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Centaurus Constellation
Constellation Centaurus

Centaurus, the Centaur (Cen)

The constellation of Centaurus, the Centaur, is best viewed in the Spring season during the month of May for mid-northern latitudes. It's brightest star is Alpha Centauri at magnitude -0.27. The boundary of the Centaurus constellation contains 28 stars that host known exoplanets.

The naked eye can generally see up to magnitude 6 (magnitude 8 with perfect eyes under ideal super dark-sky conditions).

      1. Meaning:
      2. Centaur
      1. Genitive:
      2. Centauri
      1. Abbreviation:
      2. Cen
      1. Constellation Family:
      2. Hercules
      1. Best Viewing Month*:
      2. May
      1. Circumpolar** (N=northern, S=southern):
      2. S
      1. Right Ascension (avg):
      2. 12h 57m
      1. Declination (avg):
      2. -44° 0'
      1. Brightest Star:
      2. Alpha Centauri (-0.27m)
      1. Exoplanet Host Stars:
      2. 28
      1. Quintuple Stars:
      2. 1
      1. Quadruple Stars:
      2. 1
      1. Triple Stars:
      2. 1
      1. X-ray Stars:
      2. 1 binary stars
      1. Pulsars:
      2. 1

    * For southern latitudes, flip the season listed. For example, if a constellation is listed as best viewed in the summer in the month of July, in the southern hemisphere the constellation would be best viewed in the winter in January and would be upside-down.

    ** Circumpolar constellations are visible year-round in the hemisphere listed.



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