Wednesday 8 July 2020

Astrognome A-Z of Constellations # 74 Sculptor

Sculptor the Sculptor
One of the faint and half forgotten constellations introduced in the 1750s by Lacaille to fill in the southern celestial hemisphere. This constellation represents a sculptor’s workshop, for reasons that remain obscure. Its stars are of little interest.
Alpha the brightest star only has a magnitude of 4.3, it lies 780 light years away. Its a B7 giant with a temperature of 13,500’C
Sculptor also contains the Sculptor Dwarf galaxy which is a member of the local group of galaxies. They cannot be seen without telescopes.

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