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Fornax – The Furnace

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

Fornax is one of the 29 constellations that represents an object.

Symbolism: Triangulum is also known as ‘The Furnace’


History & Mythology

Fornax is a small V shaped constellation made up of 3 main stars. Fornax represents a Furnace and is one of the 14 constellations devised by French astronomer Nicolas Louis De Lacaille in the 18th century. Fornax constellation is famous the image taken by the Hubble Ultra Deep Field which is a great image that has taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. The image is one of the deepest view into the universe, containing 1000’s of galaxies.


Key Data

Bordering Constellations: Fornax is bordered by constellations Eridanus, Cetus, Phoenix & Sculptor.

Sky Chart #: 3.

Star Raking: 41st largest constellation in the celestial sphere. 

Main Stars: Fornax consists of 2 main stars.

Brightest Star: Alpha Fornacis.


Kids Fun Facts Corner

# 1. Fornax has 6 stars with planets.

# 2. Fornax has 6 Deep-Sky Objects with NGC 1365 the largest.

# 3. Alpha Fornacis is the brightest star in Fornax.


Q&A Corner

Q. What is Fornax also known as?

Q. How many main stars does Fornax have?

Q. What is the brightest star in Fornax?

Q. How many stars have planets in Fornax?

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

Download questions about the Fornax Constellation here: Fornax (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 Fornax Constellation visit

  Key Vocabulary Constellation. Star. Celestial. Sphere.


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