The Constellation Caelum

by Dominic Ford
Caelum Caelum
The constellation Caelum. Roll mouse over to see labels.
Source: Stellarium.

Caelum is a small and faint constellation, visible in the southern sky in the months around November.

It contains only two stars brighter than fifth magnitude, and because it lies well away from the plane of the Milky Way, does not contain any bright deep sky objects either.

The name ‘Caelum’ is Latin for ‘chisel’ and was given to this sky area by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille in 1750.

Date First Appeared
1756 (Lacaille)
Sky Area
0.3% of the sky
124.9 square degrees
Messier Objects
Caelum contains no Messier objects
Caldwell Objects
Caelum contains no Caldwell objects
Neighbors
The following constellations neighbor Caelum: Columba, Dorado, Eridanus, Horologium, Lepus, Pictor.
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Brightest Objects in Caelum

Stars Open Clusters Globular Clusters Galaxies
Stars Open Clusters Globular Clusters Galaxies
α-Cae (mag 4.4) NGC 1679 (mag 12.0)
γ-Cae (mag 4.6) NGC 1570 (mag 13.2)
β-Cae (mag 5.0) NGC 1558 (mag 13.3)
δ-Cae (mag 5.0) NGC 1567 (mag 13.4)
HD 30080 (mag 5.7) NGC 1701 (mag 13.6)
HD 31093 (mag 5.8) NGC 1572 (mag 13.6)
HD 32515 (mag 5.9) NGC 1616 (mag 13.7)
HD 32453 (mag 6.0) NGC 1595 (mag 13.8)
HD 30432 (mag 6.1) NGC 1668 (mag 13.8)
ν-Cae (mag 6.1) IC 2106 (mag 13.8)
HD 31529 (mag 6.1) NGC 1598 (mag 13.9)
HD 28454 (mag 6.1) NGC 1759 (mag 14.1)
HD 28700 (mag 6.1) NGC 1585 (mag 14.2)
λ-Cae (mag 6.2) IC 2068 (mag 14.3)
HD 32820 (mag 6.3) NGC 1658 (mag 14.4)
X Cae (mag 6.3) NGC 1687 (mag 14.7)
ζ-Cae (mag 6.4) NGC 1660 (mag 14.9)
HD 28246 (mag 6.4) NGC 1571
HD 28552 (mag 6.4)
HD 30788 (mag 6.7)
HD 30397 (mag 6.8)

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39.04°N
77.49°W
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