The Constellation Directory


"The Sextant"


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

Abbreviation: Sex
Genitive: Sextantis
Constellation family: Hercules
Nearest constellations: Crater, Hydra, and Leo
Right ascension: 10.26h
Declination: -2.41°
Visible between latitudes: +80° and -80°
Square degrees: 314
Luminary: Alpha Sextans
Notable deep sky objects: NGC 3115, NGC 3169, Sextans A and Sextans B


Sextans is a small constellation in the small constellation. It is visible during the month of April.

Sextans was first introduced by Johannes Hevelius in the late 1600s. He named it after the sextant, which was an instrument he used to make astronomical observations.


There is no mythology associated with this constellation.