Fornax as depicted by its creator, Nicolas Louis de La Caille.
|Fornax Constellation Profile
|Location: Southern Hemisphere
||Size/Area: 398 sq. deg.
||Size Rank: 41
|On Meridian: 9pm December 15th
||Best View (North): Autumn
||Best View (South):
|Bordering Constellations: Eridanus, Cetus, Sculptor, Phoenix
The Myth Behind the Constellation Fornax
Fornax, “the furnace”, was created by French astronomer Nicolas-Louis de La Caille. He named this constellation Le Fourneau on his 1756 planisphere, representing it as a chemist’s furnace used for distillation. In the 1763 edition of his planisphere he Latinized the name to Fornax Chimiae, and in 1845 it was shortened to Fornax for the British Association Catalogue.
Fornax Constellation Points of Interest
Interesting stars and objects.
Bright Stars in Fornax
There are no stars in Fornax with a magnitude of 3.0 or brighter.