The Sextant

Sextans Constellation

Origin of the Constellation

Sextans is a modern constellation created by the Polish astronomer Johannes Hevelius in 1687. Hevelius created the constellation to commemorate the large, beautifully decorated sextant with which he had measured many star positions. The instrument was lost in a fire in 1679 that destroyed his observatory in Danzig.

The constellation is quite dim and only contains stars well below fourth magnitude.  


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Professor Emeritus
Dept. of Physics, Astronomy, and Engineering Science,
St. Cloud State University,St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498

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