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Sculptor

The Sculptor

Abbreviation: Scl
Genitive: Sculptoris

The constellation of Sculptor

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 Apparatus Sculptor, the sculptor's studio. It was later shortened to its present name.

Notable Features

Designation Name Description
C65 Sculptor Galaxy This edge-on spiral galaxy is bright enough to be seen through binoculars.
C70 One of the closest members of the Local Group of galaxies, C70 is another spiral.
C72 This is a barred spiral galaxy, visible only through telescopes.