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Sextans, The Sextants Constellation

Sextans (Pronounciation:Sex-tans, Abbrev:Sex, Latin:Sextantis) is a constellation, one of 88 constellations that the night sky is divided into. The sky is not divided up equally between the constellations. Sextans takes up 313.515 sq. degrees of the night sky which equates to 0.76% of the night sky. The constellation gets its name as it name means The Sextants . It was not one of the original constellations that had been devised by Ptolemy, instead it was created by Johannes Hevelius years later.

Sextans is not a member of the Zodiac group of twelve constellations that appear when the Sun sets. Sextans is a southern hemispheric constellation which means it can't be seen easily or at all from the northern hemisphere.

The brightest star in Sextans is Alpha Sextantis. There are 7 Extrasolar Planets (Exoplanets) in this constellation that are detailed on this site. There is a dedicated page for exoplanets in Sextans. For a list of named stars, that is stars that don't start HD or HIP, please visit Sextans Star List Page.

Sextans Star and Deep Space Object Count

The number of stars that have been catalogued as part of the Hipparcos Star Catalogue from Sextans is 638. The number of stars that are of magnitude 6.0 or lower in the constellation is 17. The number of stars in the constellation that make up the outline is 3.

There are no deep space objects that were identified by Charles Messier in this constellation. There are no non-Messier deep space objects in this constellation that are covered at present on this site.

Stars of Interest

The nearest star to Earth is HIP 51317 which is roughly about 23.05 Light Years from the Earth. The nearest star to the Earth with an exoplanet is HD 92788 which is about 115.66 Light Years. The furthest star that can be located in the constellation is HIP 48167 which is located about 36240.37 Light Years away from the Sun.

The dimmest star that can be seen in Sextans with the naked eye is HD 94014. The dim star has an apparent magnitude of 5.95. The dimmest star that a person is able to see with their naked eye is 6.0 magnitude based on the table in the reference. Ref: University of Michigan

The caveat of these stars are that they are catalogued on this site. If you know of a star that is nearer or further then do let me know in the comments and I'll add it to the site. The stars mentioned are from the Hipparcos catalogue or have been added because of their special status.

Created by Johannes Hevelius in around 1687 and recognised by the International Astronomical Union.

There are no major meteor showers that radiate from within this constellation.

Sextans Facts

Is a Zodiac Sign No
Brightest StarAlpha Sextantis
Area313.515 sq. deg.
Percentage of Night Sky0.76%
Size Position47th
Hemisphere Southern
Site Exoplanet Count7
Meteor Shower Count9
Nearest StarHIP 51317
Nearest Star with Exoplanet(s)HD 92788
Dimmest StarHD 94014
Furthest StarHIP 48167
Bright Star Count17
Hipparcos Star Count638
Main Star Count3
Messier Deep Space Object Count0
*Non-Messier Deep Space Object Count0
Bordering / Neighbouring / Surrounding ConstellationsLeo

*Note: The number of Non-Messier Deep Space Object Count relates to how many are covered on this site not how many there are.

Sextans Constellation Map

Sextans Constellation Star Map

The map was generated using Night Vision, an awesome free application by Brian Simpson.

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BraxtonThursday, 20th April 2017 6:29:43 PM
I like every this websit but can u add what the type of star the sextant constellation is