Sextans as depicted by Johannes Hevelius in his Firmamentum Sobiescianum sive Uranographia (1687). Source image provided by www.RareMaps.com — Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps Inc.
|Sextans Constellation Profile
|Location: Celestial Equator
||Size/Area: 314 sq. deg.
||Size Rank: 47
|On Meridian: 9pm April 5th
||Best View (North): Spring
||Best View (South):
|Bordering Constellations: Leo, Hydra, Crater
The Myth Behind the Constellation Sextans
Sextans, “The Sextant” is another modern constellation created by Polish astronomer Johannes Hevelius in the late seventeenth century. It represents a large astronomer’s sextant used to create accurate star charts. His own sextant was destroyed in a fire in September of 1679.
Sextans Constellation Points of Interest
Interesting stars and objects.
Bright Stars in Sextans
There are no stars in Sextans with a magnitude of 3.0 or brighter.