Octans, the Octant (Oct)
The constellation of Octans, the Octant, is best viewed in the Fall season during the month of October for mid-northern latitudes. It's brightest star is Nu Octanis at magnitude 3.73. The boundary of the Octans constellation contains 2 stars that host known exoplanets.
The naked eye can generally see up to magnitude 6 (magnitude 8 with perfect eyes under ideal super dark-sky conditions).
- Constellation Family:
- Best Viewing Month*:
- Circumpolar** (N=northern, S=southern):
- Right Ascension (avg):
- 22h 10m
- Declination (avg):
- -84° 16'
- Brightest Star:
- Nu Octanis (3.73m)
- Exoplanet Host Stars:
* For southern latitudes, flip the season listed. For example, if a constellation is listed as best viewed in the summer in the month of July, in the southern hemisphere the constellation would be best viewed in the winter in January and would be upside-down.
** Circumpolar constellations are visible year-round in the hemisphere listed.
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