The Constellation Directory


"The Cup"


By IAU and Sky & Telescope magazine (Roger Sinnott & Rick Fienberg) [CC-BY-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Abbreviation: Crt
Genitive: Crateris
Constellation family: Hercules
Nearest constellations: Corvus, Hydra, Leo, Sextans, Virgo
Right ascension: 11.43h
Declination: -12.00°
Visible between latitudes: +65° and -90°
Square degrees: 282
Luminary: Delta Crateris
Named stars: Alkes
Notable deep sky objects: NGC 3511, NGC 3512, NGC 3887, NGC 3981


Crater is a small constellation in the Southern Hemisphere composed of relatively dim stars. It can be seen during April.

Crater is the site of the Eta Craterids meteor shower which occurs every year from January 11-22.


In Greek mythology, Crater represents the cup of the god Apollo.