The Constellation Crater

by Dominic Ford
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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
Ancient
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
Neighbors
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 3469 (mag 0.0)
Alkes (mag 4.1) NGC 3528 (mag 0.0)
γ-Crt (mag 4.1) NGC 3597 (mag 0.0)
β-Crt (mag 4.5) NGC 3663 (mag 0.0)
θ-Crt (mag 4.7) NGC 3711 (mag 0.0)
ζ-Crt (mag 4.7) NGC 3732 (mag 0.0)
ε-Crt (mag 4.8) NGC 3791 (mag 0.0)
λ-Crt (mag 5.1) NGC 3892 (mag 0.0)
η-Crt (mag 5.2) NGC 3967 (mag 0.0)
ι-Crt (mag 5.5) IC 734 (mag 0.0)
HD 95808 (mag 5.5) NGC 3422 (mag 0.0)
HD 94481 (mag 5.7) NGC 3502 (mag 0.0)
HD 99922 (mag 5.8) NGC 3541 (mag 0.0)
HD 95314 (mag 5.9) NGC 3636 (mag 0.0)
HD 95234 (mag 5.9) NGC 3688 (mag 0.0)
κ-Crt (mag 5.9) NGC 3722 (mag 0.0)
HD 100343 (mag 5.9) NGC 3771 (mag 0.0)
HD 100418 (mag 6.1) NGC 3836 (mag 0.0)
HD 96220 (mag 6.1) NGC 3974 (mag 0.0)
ψ-Crt (mag 6.1) NGC 3456 (mag 0.0)
SV Crt (mag 6.1) NGC 3513 (mag 0.0)
HD 102845 (mag 6.1) NGC 3571 (mag 0.0)
HD 101369 (mag 6.2) NGC 3702 (mag 0.0)
HD 101370 (mag 6.2) NGC 3727 (mag 0.0)
HD 101695 (mag 6.2) NGC 3777 (mag 0.0)

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39.04°N
77.49°W
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