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public Observing fromLocation: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
SunriseRise: 6:42  
clear_day Transit: 12:10  
SunsetSet: 17:40
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Sculptor (The Sculptor) Constellation

Altitude: -5.3°   Azimuth: 136.1°   Direction: South-East

Sculptor (pronounced ˈskʌlptər) is the Latin name of a large constellation (in fact it extends itself for about 36 degrees across the sky) situated south of the celestial equator. As such, it is more easily visible from the southern hemisphere.

In English language this constellation is also known as "The Sculptor" while in astronomical texts and literature this constellation is often abbreviated as "Scl" (according to the standard of the International Astronomical Union - IAU) or as "Scul" (according to a naming convention used by NASA).

The Latin genitive of the constellation name is "Sculptoris" (pronounced skəlpˈtɒrɪs) and it is used to identify some of the brightest stars in this constellation based on the Bayer or Flamsteed star naming convention. For instance: α Sculptoris (the brightest star of Sculptor based on the Bayer catalog); or 23 Sculptoris (the 23th star in the constellation of Sculptor based on the Flamsteed catalog).

Sculptor is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.
Available Resources for Sculptor

Sky Chart of Sculptor Constellation

Here we provide a simplified sky chart of the Sculptor constellation. Alternatively it is possible to locate Sculptor in the night sky using our Online Interactive Planetarium.

Chart of  constellation
This constellation image is derivatve work based on original work by IAU and Sky & Telescope magazine (Roger Sinnott & Rick Fienberg) CC-BY-3.0.

Visibility of Sculptor Constellation

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's Sculptor rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 121.3°
Max altitude: 7.2°
Azimuth: 238.7°
Sculptor is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

The rise and set times provided here are just directional indications and they refer to a point approximately placed at the center of the constellation. In case of very large constellations (like Sculptor actually is) these times can have little relevance.

Bright Stars in Sculptor Constellation

The table below lists the top 20 brightest stars in the Sculptor constellation. See also the complete list of 58 stars brighter than magnitude 6.5 (approximate) in the constellation of Sculptor. Click on each star to see more details about it.

HR Number(*) Star designation Proper name Visual magnitude Color Notes
HR280 α Sculptoris 4.31 Variable;
HR8937 β Sculptoris 4.37 Variable;
HR8863 γ Sculptoris 4.41
HR9016 δ Sculptoris 4.57 Multiple;
HR105 η Sculptoris 4.81 Variable;
HR9091 ζ Sculptoris 5.01 Double;
HR84 ι Sculptoris 5.18
HR35 θ Sculptoris 5.25
HR497 π Sculptoris 5.25
HR514 ε Sculptoris 5.31 Multiple;
HR8975 μ Sculptoris 5.31 Variable;
HR34 κ2 Sculptoris 5.41 Double;
HR24 κ1 Sculptoris 5.42 Multiple;
HR293 σ Sculptoris 5.5
HR445 5.51
HR138 5.55
HR288 ξ Sculptoris 5.59
HR8802 5.6
HR9073 5.62
HR8883 5.64
...go to the complete list of 58 bright stars in the constellation of Sculptor

(*) HR stands for Harvard Revised Bright Star Catalogue, which is also known as the Yale Catalogue of Bright Stars.

Deep Sky Objects in Sculptor Constellation

The table below lists the 20 brightest deep sky objects in the Sculptor constellation. See also the complete list of 107 deep sky objects in the constellation of Sculptor. The list includes objects from the Messier, New General Catalogue (NGC) and Index Catalogue (IC).

Name Type Magnitude
NGC 55 Galaxy 7.87 (V)
NGC 288 Globular Cluster 8.13 (V)
NGC 300 Galaxy 8.13 (V)
NGC 7793 Galaxy 9.28 (V)
NGC 134 Galaxy 10.12 (V)
IC 5332 Galaxy 10.72 (V)
NGC 150 Galaxy 11.13 (V)
NGC 7755 Galaxy 11.36 (V)
NGC 24 Galaxy 11.58 (V)
NGC 7507 Galaxy 11.6 (B)
NGC 7713 Galaxy 11.63 (B)
NGC 254 Galaxy 11.82 (V)
NGC 148 Galaxy 12.12 (V)
IC 1558 Galaxy 12.22 (V)
NGC 439 Galaxy 12.38 (B)
NGC 491 Galaxy 12.54 (V)
NGC 568 Galaxy 12.59 (V)
NGC 613 Galaxy 12.71 (V)
NGC 7513 Galaxy 12.73 (B)
NGC 7484 Galaxy 12.79 (B)
...go to the complete list of 107 deep sky objects in the constellation of Sculptor