The Constellation Crater

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

Crater is a faint constellation in the southern sky which appears highest in the evening sky in the months around April.

It contains only one star brighter than fourth magnitude, and does not contain any bright deep sky objects since it lies well away from the plane of the Milky Way.

It can be found next to the more prominent constellation Corvus, the crow. Mythologically, the two constellations form part of the same tale.

The crow represented in Corvus is identified as a bird sent by Apollo with a cup (Crater) to search for water. The bird became distracted by a fig tree, and delayed returning to Apollo.

The bird returned and lied that a water snake had preventing it from filling the cup, and returned with the snake in its tallons. Apollo saw through the ruse, and cast all three into the sky as Corvus, Crater, and Hydra (the water snake).

Date First Appeared
Sky Area
0.7% of the sky
282.4 square degrees
Messier Objects
Crater contains no Messier objects
Caldwell Objects
Crater contains no Caldwell objects
The following constellations neighbor Crater: Corvus, Hydra, Leo, Sextans, Virgo.
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Brightest Objects in Crater

Stars Open Clusters Globular Clusters Galaxies
Stars Open Clusters Globular Clusters Galaxies
δ-Crt (mag 3.6) NGC 3962 (mag 10.6)
Alkes (mag 4.1) NGC 3887 (mag 11.0)
γ-Crt (mag 4.1) NGC 3672 (mag 11.0)
β-Crt (mag 4.5) NGC 3955 (mag 11.9)
θ-Crt (mag 4.7) NGC 3892 (mag 12.0)
ζ-Crt (mag 4.7) NGC 3981 (mag 12.0)
ε-Crt (mag 4.8) NGC 3511 (mag 12.0)
λ-Crt (mag 5.1) IC 2627 (mag 12.0)
η-Crt (mag 5.2) NGC 3513 (mag 12.0)
ι-Crt (mag 5.5) NGC 3865 (mag 13.0)
HD 95808 (mag 5.5) NGC 3663 (mag 13.0)
HD 94481 (mag 5.7) NGC 3456 (mag 13.0)
HD 99922 (mag 5.8) NGC 3479 (mag 13.0)
HD 95314 (mag 5.9) NGC 3715 (mag 13.0)
HD 95234 (mag 5.9) NGC 3514 (mag 13.0)
κ-Crt (mag 5.9) NGC 3763 (mag 13.0)
HD 100343 (mag 5.9) NGC 3597 (mag 13.0)
ψ-Crt (mag 6.1) NGC 3636 (mag 13.0)
SV Crt (mag 6.1) NGC 3836 (mag 13.0)
HD 36175 (mag 11.4) NGC 3660 (mag 13.0)
HD NGC 3667 (mag 13.0)
NGC 3693 (mag 13.0)
NGC 3956 (mag 13.0)
NGC 3732 (mag 13.0)
NGC 3571 (mag 13.0)




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