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Caelum – The Chisel

Caelum is one of the 88 constellations within the celestial sphere.

Caelum is one of the 17 constellations that represents an object.   

Symbolism: Caelum is also known as ‘The Chisel’


History & Mythology

Caelum is one of the newer constellations, and is quite small and insignificant when I comes to constellations. This constellation was found and introduced into the celestial sphere in the 18th century by French astronomer Nicolas Louis. While small and hard to find and recognize in the night sky, Caelum does have does have however a number of deep-sky objects.


Key Data

Bordering Constellations: Caelum is bordered by constellations Lepus, Columba, Eridanus, Horologium, Pictor & Dorado.

Sky Chart #: 6

Star Raking: 81st largest constellation in the celestial sphere. 

Main Stars: Caelum consists of 4 main stars.

Brightest Star: Alpha Caeli.


Kids Fun Facts Corner

# 1. Caelum has 1 star with planets.

# 2. Deep Sky object HE0450-2958 is a Quasar and a Seyfert galaxy.

# 3. Alpha Caeli is the brightest star in Caelum.


Q&A Corner

Q. What is Caelum also known as?

Q. How many main stars does Caelum have?

Q. What is the brightest star in Caelum?

Q. How many stars have planets in Caelum?

Q. What number star ranking is Caelum in the celestial sphere?

Download questions about the Caelum Constellation here: Caelum Constellation (answers are on this page)

Teachers. For more in depth work sheets on constellations. Click on Kidskonnect Worksheets  

For further reading and more info on the Caelum Constellation visit Constellation

  Key Vocabulary Constellation. Star. Celestial. Sphere.


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