Centaurus


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Map created in Guide 7.0 with the figure outline based on Johannes Hevelius' Uranographia (1690). Click on the object's name to access its image or click on the name of adjacent constellation to see its map.


Centaurs were quite abundant in ancient Greece, so no wonder two of them "climbed" into heavens! Centaurus represents the wise and thoughtful Chiron. He was a tutor of Jason (commander of Argonauts) and Asclepius (Ophiuchus).

For Canadian observers, unfortunately, only head and shoulders of Centaurus rise above southern horizon in the spring.


Omega Centauri is the most spectacular of the Milky Way's globular clusters.


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