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Fornax

The Furnace

Abbreviation: For
Genitive: Fornacis

The constellation of Fornax

French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille travelled to South Africa in the mid-eighteenth century where he constructed an observatory and spent two years observing the southern skies. Not only did he catalogue nearly 10,000 southern stars, he also surveyed 42 'nebulous' objects and devised over a dozen new constellations. One of those constellations was Fornax Chemica, the chemical furnace, which is now known simply as Fornax.

The celebrated Hubble Ultra Deep Field image was taken within the confines of this constellation.

Notable Features

Designation Name Description
C67 A telescope will reveal this barred spiral galaxy. This object is also a Seyfert galaxy, a very active galaxy with a bright, quasar-like nucleus.