Octans

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Octans

(ok -tanz) (Octant) An inconspicuous constellation containing and surrounding the south celestial pole, the brightest stars being of 3rd magnitude. The faint (5th-magnitude) Sigma (σ) Octantis is the nearest naked-eye star to the south pole. Abbrev.: Oct; genitive form: Octantis; approx. position: RA 0 – 24h, dec –80°; area: 291 sq deg.

Octans

 

a polar constellation of the southern hemisphere. The brightest star in Octans has a visual magnitude of 3.8. The constellation is not visible in the USSR. The south celestial pole is located in Octans.

Octans

[′äk‚tanz]
(astronomy)
The constellation that includes the south celestial pole. Also known as Octant.