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Centaurus Constellation List of stars in Centaurus Abbreviation Cen Genitive Centauri Pronunciation /s?n't?r?s/, genitive /s?n't?ra?/ Symbolism the Centaur Right ascension 13 h Declination -50° Quadrant SQ3 Area 1060 sq. deg. (9th) Main stars 11 Bayer/Flamsteed stars 69 Stars with planets 13 Stars brighter than 3.00m 10 Stars within 10.00 pc (32.62 ly) 8 Brightest star a Cen (-0.27m) Nearest star Proxima Centauri (a Cen C) (4.24 ly, 1.30 pc) Messier objects 0 Meteor showers Alpha Centaurids Omicron Centaurids Theta Centaurids Bordering constellations Antlia Carina Circinus Crux Hydra Libra (corner) Lupus Musca Vela Visible at latitudes between +25° and -90°. Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of May. Centaurus ( /s?n't?r?s/) is a bright constellation in the southern sky. One of the largest constellations, Centaurus was included among the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd century astronomer Ptolemy, and it remains one of the 88 modern constellations. In Greek mythology, Centaurus represents a centaur; a creature that is half man, half horse.
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