The Constellation Directory


"The Sculptor"


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

Abbreviation: Scl
Genitive: Sculptoris
Constellation family: Lacaille
Nearest constellations: Aquarius, Cetus, Fornax, Grus, Phoenix, and Piscis Austrinus
Right ascension: 0.50h
Declination: -32.35°
Visible between latitudes: +50° and -90°
Square degrees: 475
Luminary: Alpha Sculptoris
Notable deep sky objects: Sculptor Dwarf Galaxy, NGC 55, NGC 253 (Sculptor Galaxy)


Sculptor is a constellation in the Southern Hemisphere that is best seen in November.

Sculptor was first introduced by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille in the 1750s. It is one of 15 constellations Lacaille invented while staying in the Cape of Good Hope. Sculptor was originally named "L'Atelier du Sculpteur", or "The Sculptor's Studio."


There is no mythology associated with this constellation.