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
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 1701 (mag 14.0)
γ-Cae (mag 4.6) NGC 1571
β-Cae (mag 5.0) NGC 1595
δ-Cae (mag 5.0) NGC 1658
HD 30080 (mag 5.7) NGC 1679
HD 31093 (mag 5.8) NGC 1759
HD 32515 (mag 5.9) NGC 1567
ν-Cae (mag 6.1) NGC 1572
λ-Cae (mag 6.2) NGC 1598
X Cae (mag 6.3) NGC 1660
ζ-Cae (mag 6.4) NGC 1687
IC 2068
NGC 1570
NGC 1585
NGC 1616
NGC 1668
IC 2106




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