Crater (Pronounciation:Cray-ter, Abbrev:Crt, Latin:Crateris) is a constellation, one of 88 constellations that the night sky is divided into. The sky is not divided up equally between the constellations. Crater takes up 282.398 sq. degrees of the night sky which equates to 0.68% of the night sky. The constellation gets its name as it name means The Cup . The constellation is one of the original constellations that was devised by the Ancient Greco-Egyptian astronomer Ptolemy who lived between 90 A.D. and 168 A.D.
Crater is not a member of the Zodiac group of twelve constellations that appear when the Sun sets. Crater is an equatorial constellation that can be seen by countries nearest the Equator.
Crater is a cup that Corvus the crow used to fetch water for his master Apollo.
There are 8 Meteor Showers that occur during the year within this constellation based on information gathered from Adam Mickiewicz University (Poland). The ones listed as the ones I've been able to find a date range for. For others if you have the time, you can visit the AMU site, obtains the SL value then use IMO tables to calculate the date. A lot of the Meteor Showers are weak and you need to do a lot of stargazing to spot them.
|Name||Activity||Peak Activity||Closest Star|
|Eta Craterids||11-Jan - 22 Jan||16/17 Jan||Eta Crateris|
|Is a Zodiac Sign||No|
|Brightest Star||Delta Crateris|
|Area||282.398 sq. deg.|
|Percentage of Night Sky||0.68%|
|Site Exoplanet Count||3|
|Meteor Shower Count||8|
|Bordering / Neighbouring / Surrounding Constellations||Leo|
The map was generated using Night Vision, an awesome free application by Brian Simpson.
|Star||Distance (Lt. Yrs.)||Exoplanet Count||Declination||Right Ascension|
|HD 96167||283.62||1||-10d 17` 28.6||11h 05m 15.10|
|HD 98219||437.80||1||-23d 58` 31.3||11h 17m 47.64|
|HD 98649||135.45||1||-23d 13` 00.9||11h 20m 51.90|
As there's so many stars in the cosmos, not all the stars are listed here. The site has lots of stars not listed so if your star isn't listed and you know the Henry Draper or Hipparcos ID, type https://www.universeguide.com/star/ then followed by the HIPNNNNNN or HDNNNN where NNNNN is the number part of the name. The stars that I do list have either a traditional name, a bayer or other classification name.
|Star||Distance (Lt. Yrs.)||Declination||Right Ascension|
|Alkes||159.18||-18d 17` 56.8||10h 59m 46.75|
|Beta Crateris||340.11||-22d 49` 32.2||11h 11m 39.49|
|Epsilon Crateris||376.20||-10d 51` 33.8||11h 24m 36.61|
|Eta Crateris||251.48||-17d 09` 02.9||11h 56m 00.98|
|Gamma Crateris||82.32||-17d 41` 02.5||11h 24m 52.98|
|Iota Crateris||87.19||-13d 12` 08.1||11h 38m 39.96|
|Kappa Crateris||228.57||-12d 21` 24.5||11h 27m 09.58|
|Labrum||185.74||-14d 46` 44.6||11h 19m 20.52|
|Lambda Crateris||139.86||-18d 46` 47.6||11h 23m 22.07|
|Psi Crateris||501.79||-18d 29` 59.3||11h 12m 30.38|
|R Crateris||851.60||-18d 19` 29.6||11h 00m 33.87|
|S Crateris||2588.60||-07d 35` 48.0||11h 52m 45.10|
|SY Crateris||797.47||-12d 35` 33.1||11h 15m 39.77|
|Theta Crateris||280.45||-09d 48` 08.1||11h 36m 40.95|
|VX Crateris||688.11||-16d 37` 12.8||11h 39m 50.35|
|Zeta Crateris||352.99||-18d 21` 02.2||11h 44m 45.76|