Constellations - The Night Sky Atlas

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The 88 constellations defined by the International Astronomical Union are listed below. Each constellation has links to the atlas chart and object counts in 4 data tables for: principal stars, binary and multiple stars, revised NGC catalog objects, and revised IC catalog objects.

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Latin Name Possesive Abbrev. English Names Best
Visibility
RA
hours
DEC
degrees
Principal
Stars
Multiple
Stars
NGC
Objects
IC
Objects
Andromeda Andromedae And The Chained Lady or The Princess October 0.6h 38.6° 64 62 148 36
Antlia Antliae Ant The Air Pump February 10.2h -31.4° 10 18 63 35
Apus Apodus Aps The Bird of Paradise May 16.2h -72.8° 12 13 8 19
Aquarius Aquarii Aqr The Water Carrier August 21.9h -5.5° 91 49 129 92
Aquila Aquilae Aql The Eagle July 19.4h 4.7° 62 52 27 3
Ara Arae Ara The Altar June 17.0h -59.5° 18 28 17 7
Aries Arietis Ari The Ram November 2.5h 22.0° 62 28 78 64
Auriga Aurigae Aur The Charioteer December 5.7h 41.0° 64 44 23 6
Bootes Bootis Boo The Herdsman or The Bear Driver April 14.7h 36.0° 59 49 264 226
Caelum Caeli Cae The Burin or The Chisel December 4.6h -38.1° 6 4 15 2
Camelopardalis Camelopardalis Cam The Giraffe December 6.8h 70.4° 34 50 49 25
Cancer Cancri Cnc The Crab January 8.1h 18.1° 70 49 116 101
Canes Venatici Canum Venaticorum CVn The Hunting Dogs April 13.1h 38.1° 21 12 215 194
Canis Major Canis Majoris CMa The Large Dog or The Greater Dog December 6.6h -24.7° 31 51 36 3
Canis Minor Canis Minoris CMi The Small Dog or The Lesser Dog January 7.5h 7.3° 13 12 15 3
Capricornus Capricorni Cap The Sea Goat July 20.9h -17.8° 48 29 24 27
Carina Carinae Car The Keel of The Ship Argo January 8.2h -57.6° 11 59 44 14
Cassiopeia Cassiopeiae Cas The Queen or The Lady in the Chair October 0.8h 56.9° 52 57 35 15
Centaurus Centauri Cen The Centaur March 12.8h -48.6° 32 88 169 46
Cepheus Cephei Cep The King August 22.7h 69.8° 35 45 28 12
Cetus Ceti Cet The Whale or The Sea Monster November 1.7h -6.7° 78 56 383 215
Chamaeleon Chamaeleontis Cha The Chameleon February 10.5h -77.5° 15 7 4 2
Circinus Circini Cir The Drawing Compass April 14.6h -62.9° 8 14 5 0
Columba Columbae Col Noah´s Dove December 5.9h -35.6° 17 16 15 5
Coma Berenices Comae Berenices Com Berenice´s Hair March 12.6h 25.4° 40 24 293 546
Corona Australis Corona Australis CrA The Southern Crown June 18.4h -42.1° 14 11 6 3
Corona Borealis Corona Borealis CrB The Northern Crown May 15.8h 31.8° 24 23 40 18
Corvus Corvi Crv The Crow or The Raven March 12.4h -19.2° 9 9 32 15
Crater Crateris Crt The Cup or The Beaker March 11.2h -14.1° 12 10 84 23
Crux Crucis Cru The Southern Cross March 12.3h -59.5° 16 16 8 0
Cygnus Cygni Cyg The Swan July 20.4h 43.9° 82 120 52 21
Delphinus Delphini Del The Dolphin July 20.6h 11.3° 19 19 21 4
Dorado Doradus Dor The Gold Fish December 4.8h -57.6° 14 8 295 31
Draco Draconis Dra The Dragon May 16.4h 66.7° 73 67 287 39
Equuleus Equulei Equ The Little Horse August 21.0h 8.5° 9 9 3 9
Eridanus Eridani Eri The River Eridanus December 3.4h -33.1° 73 56 315 86
Fornax Fornacis For The Furnace November 2.8h -33.6° 27 11 72 34
Gemini Geminorum Gem The Twins January 7.0h 21.8° 68 54 54 42
Grus Gruis Gru The Crane August 22.3h -45.6° 26 23 59 22
Hercules Herculis Her The Strong Man or The Kneeling Man June 17.3h 25.5° 97 90 209 68
Horologium Horologii Hor The Pendulum Clock December 3.3h -51.4° 10 5 23 61
Hydra Hydrae Hya The Watersnake (female) February 10.7h -20.4° 64 72 217 115
Hydrus Hydri Hyi The Watersnake (male) November 2.3h -71.9° 18 5 16 1
Indus Indi Ind The Indian August 21.6h -59.2° 17 7 47 42
Lacerta Lacertae Lac The Lizard August 22.3h 45.1° 16 24 25 9
Leo Leonis Leo The Lion February 10.7h 16.2° 83 54 378 334
Leo Minor Leonis Minoris LMi The Lesser Lion February 10.3h 33.1° 30 9 60 45
Lepus Leporis Lep The Hare December 5.3h -17.2° 19 19 30 21
Libra Librae Lib The Balance Scales May 15.1h -14.3° 42 29 59 13
Lupus Lupi Lup The Wolf May 15.2h -44.7° 33 55 17 11
Lynx Lyncis Lyn The Lynx January 7.7h 47.2° 36 24 100 27
Lyra Lyrae Lyr The Lyre June 18.9h 35.3° 23 32 28 4
Mensa Mensae Men The Table Mountain December 5.6h -77.5° 16 3 70 12
Microscopium Microscopii Mic The Microscope July 20.9h -36.8° 11 8 11 12
Monoceros Monocerotis Mon The Unicorn December 6.8h 1.4° 28 39 50 5
Musca Muscae Mus The Southern Fly March 12.8h -67.3° 13 15 6 3
Norma Normae Nor The Carpenter´s Square May 15.7h -50.5° 12 14 14 0
Octans Octantis Oct The Octant October 0.1h -82.3° 27 10 10 8
Ophiucus Ophiuchi Oph The Serpent Wrestler or The Serpent Bearer June 17.3h -5.0° 57 66 39 12
Orion Orionis Ori The Hunter or The Giant December 5.6h 9.7° 78 89 54 22
Pavo Pavonis Pav The Peacock July 19.1h -64.0° 24 22 50 231
Pegasus Pegasi Peg The Winged Horse or The Flying Horse August 22.5h 19.4° 86 51 298 88
Perseus Persei Per The Hero or The Rescuer of Andromeda November 2.7h 47.4° 59 59 84 42
Phoenix Phoenicis Phe The Phoenix November 1.2h -50.0° 26 15 44 20
Pictor Pictoris Pic The Painter´s Easel December 5.7h -54.1° 15 12 19 0
Pisces Piscium Psc The Fish (plural) October 0.4h 11.6° 95 47 270 143
Pisces Austrinus Piscis Austrini PsA The Southern Fish August 22.0h -29.8° 21 11 39 16
Puppis Puppis Pup The Stern of The Ship Argo January 7.5h -32.8° 27 89 51 6
Pyxis Pyxidis Pyx The Mariner´s Compass January 8.8h -24.2° 10 19 12 1
Reticulum Reticuli Ret The Net or The Reticle December 3.9h -58.2° 11 12 12 26
Sagitta Sagittae Sge The Arrow July 19.6h 18.6° 16 12 3 1
Sagittarius Sagittarii Sgr The Archer June 18.9h -27.2° 65 77 73 25
Scorpius Scorpii Sco The Scorpion May 16.5h -27.1° 41 71 39 12
Sculptor Sculptoris Scl The Sculptor September 24.0h -32.9° 18 16 65 31
Scutum Scuti Sct The Shield June 18.6h -9.3° 7 10 10 2
Serpens Caput Serpentis Ser The Serpent´s Head May 15.8h 10.7° 53 32 81 65
Serpens Cauda Serpentis Ser The Serpent´s Tail June 18.1h -3.6° 53 32 81 65
Sextans Sextantis Sex The Sextant February 10.3h -2.0° 21 8 60 41
Taurus Tauri Tau The Bull December 4.7h 16.7° 122 112 36 38
Telescopium Telescopii Tel The Telescope July 19.2h -50.1° 14 7 40 83
Triangulum Trianguli Tri The Triangle November 2.1h 31.4° 16 6 71 31
Triangulum Australe Trianguli Australis TrA The Southern Triangle May 16.0h -64.4° 11 12 6 4
Tucana Tucanae Tuc The Toucan September 23.8h -67.5° 17 13 61 61
Ursa Major Ursae Majoris UMa The Big Dipper or The Great Bear March 11.4h 50.6° 82 55 407 85
Ursa Minor Ursae Minoris UMi The Little Dipper or The Little Bear May 15.9h 78.6° 16 10 36 14
Vela Velorum Vel The Sail of The Ship Argo January 8.9h -47.8° 8 62 39 3
Virgo Virginis Vir The Maiden or The Virgin April 13.1h 0.1° 88 61 637 382
Volans Volantis Vol The Flying Fish January 7.5h -69.6° 12 12 13 1
Vulpecula Vulpeculae Vul The Little Fox or The Fox and The Goose July 20.3h 23.6° 33 20 15 4

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