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Centaurus Constellation
Constellation Centaurus the Centaur

Centaurus, the Centaur (Cen)  

(cen-TAR-us)


The 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.

Red supergiant V766 Centauri is the 9th largest known star in the universe at 1,300 times the size of the Sun.

      1. Pronunciation:
      2. cen-TAR-us
      1. Meaning:
      2. Centaur
      1. Genitive:
      2. Centauri
      1. Abbreviation:
      2. Cen
      1. Asterism:
      2. Southern Pointers
      1. Constellation Family:
      2. Hercules
      1. Hemisphere:
      2. Southern
      1. Quadrant:
      2. SQ3
      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. Stars with planets:
      2. 28
      1. Quintuple star systems:
      2. 1
      1. Quadruple star systems:
      2. 1
      1. Triple star systems:
      2. 1
      1. X-ray stars:
      2. 2 (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 (and not at all in the opposite).