Southern Hemisphere

GAMMA (y) piscis AusTRINI 5 A closer pair, of 5th and 8th magnitudes, which is rather more difficult to divide than Beta.

features of interest

BETA (P) piscis AusTRINI 5 A wide double with components of 4th and 8th magnitudes, divisible by small telescopes.

Sculptor Sculptoris (Scl)

width ll depth l size ranking 36th fully visible 50°n-90°s

This faint southern constellation adjoining Piscis Austrinus was introduced in the 18 th century by the French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille, who described it as representing a sculptor's studio, although the name has since been shortened. Sculptor contains the south pole of our galaxy, that is, the point 90° south of the plane of the Milky Way. This enables us to see numerous far-off galaxies in this direction, because they are not obscured by intervening stars.

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