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Caelum n : a constellation in the southern hemisphere near Columba and Eridanus

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Named in the 17th century by the French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille. From caelum

Proper noun

  1. A summer constellation of the southern sky, said to resemble a chisel.


Extensive Definition

Caelum (; earlier Cæla Sculptoris () is a minor southern constellation introduced by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille.

Notable features

Caelum is a faint constellation, having no star brighter than fourth magnitude. Its brightest star, and the one closest to earth at 65.7 light years, is the magnitude 4.45 α Caeli. It is also the eighth smallest constellation, with an area just less than that of Corona Australis.
Caelum has little to offer for the small telescope. A small telescope splits γ Caeli into a magnitude 4.5 red giant and a magnitude 6.34 white giant. Larger telescopes are needed to see several NGC objects, all galaxies, but none brighter than magnitude 11.5 or larger than 3 arcseconds.



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Caelum in Bengali: সে-লাম মণ্ডল
Caelum in Belarusian: Сузор'е Разец
Caelum in Bulgarian: Длето (съзвездие)
Caelum in Catalan: Burí (constel·lació)
Caelum in Czech: Souhvězdí Rydla
Caelum in Corsican: Caelum
Caelum in Danish: Mejslen
Caelum in German: Grabstichel (Sternbild)
Caelum in Modern Greek (1453-): Γλυφείον (αστερισμός)
Caelum in Spanish: Caelum
Caelum in Esperanto: Ĉizilo (konstelacio)
Caelum in French: Burin (constellation)
Caelum in Irish: An Siséal
Caelum in Galician: Caelum
Caelum in Korean: 조각칼자리
Caelum in Croatian: Dlijeto (zviježđe)
Caelum in Indonesian: Caelum
Caelum in Italian: Bulino (costellazione)
Caelum in Latin: Caelum (sidus)
Caelum in Latvian: Greblis
Caelum in Luxembourgish: Caelum (Stärebild)
Caelum in Lithuanian: Skaptukas (astronomija)
Caelum in Hungarian: Véső csillagkép
Caelum in Dutch: Graveerstift (sterrenbeeld)
Caelum in Japanese: ちょうこくぐ座
Caelum in Norwegian Nynorsk: Gravstikka
Caelum in Polish: Rylec (gwiazdozbiór)
Caelum in Portuguese: Caelum
Caelum in Romanian: Dalta (constelaţie)
Caelum in Russian: Резец (созвездие)
Caelum in Slovak: Súhvezdie Rydlo
Caelum in Finnish: Veistotaltta
Caelum in Swedish: Gravstickeln
Caelum in Thai: กลุ่มดาวสิ่ว
Caelum in Vietnamese: Điêu Cụ
Caelum in Turkish: Caelum (takımyıldız)
Caelum in Ukrainian: Різець (сузір'я)
Caelum in Chinese: 雕具座
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