List of stars in Octans
Abbreviation Oct
Genitive Octantis
Pronunciation /ˈɒktænz/, genitive /ɒkˈtæntɨs/
Symbolism the Octant
Right ascension 22 h
Declination −90°
Quadrant SQ4
Area 291 sq. deg. (50th)
Main stars 3
Stars with planets 2
Stars brighter than 3.00m 0
Stars within 10.00 pc (32.62 ly) 1
Brightest star ν Oct (3.73m)
Nearest star LHS 531
(28.11 ly, 8.62 pc)
Messier objects none
Meteor showers none
Visible at latitudes between +0° and −90°.
Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of October.

Octans is a faint constellation the southern sky. Its name is Latin for the eighth part of a circle, but it is named after the octant, a navigational instrument. The constellation was devised by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille in the eighteenth century.

Octans is notable as the location of the south celestial pole. Unlike the north pole, it has no bright pole star: Sigma Octantis (σ Oct) is a naked-eye star very close to the pole, but it is so faint (mag. 5.6) that it is practically useless for navigation purposes. Conviently for navigators, the constellation Crux, the Southern Cross, points toward the pole.

The constellation is circumpolar to the south celestial pole, so it can be seen in Southern Hemisphere skies during the evening in any month of the year. The Right Ascension and month of best visibility given are for the three brightest stars, which are at their highest in the sky during the evening in November.

Octans as the name

USS Octans (AF-26) was once a United States Navy ship.


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Coordinates: Sky map 22h 00m 00s, −90° 00′ 00″

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