Caelum: The Chisel


Caelum, The Chisel

Caelum as first depicted by Nicolas Louis de La Caille.

Caelum Profile
Abbreviation: Cae Genitive: Caeli Origin: Lacaille
Location: Southern Hemisphere Size/Area: 125 sq. deg. Size Rank: 81
On Meridian: 9pm January 15th Best View (North): Winter Best View (South):
Bordering Constellations: Lepus, Eridanus, Horologium, Dorado, Pictor, Columba


The Story Behind the Constellation Caelum

Caelum, “the chisel” in latin, is one of the constellations that Nicolaus-Louis de La Caille created in the 1750s.  Originally titled les Burins, it was Latinized to Caelum Scalptorium, “the Engraver’s Chisel” for the second edition of his map.  Francis Baily shortened it to Caelum, the name it has today.

Caelum Constellation Points of Interest

Interesting stars and objects.

Bright Stars in Caelum

There are no stars in Caelum with a magnitude of 3.0 or brighter.