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Telescopium – The Telescope

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

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

Symbolism: Telescopium is also known as ‘The Telescope’



History & Mythology

Telescopium is a small, faint and obscure constellation. The constellation was devised by French astronomer Nicolas Louis De Lacaille in the 1750’s. The constellation represents a telescope and is shaped like and upside down L at a right angle. Telescopium consists of 2 main stars and has 1 Deep-Sky object.   

Key Data

Bordering Constellations: Telescopium is bordered by constellations Sagittarius, Ara, Pavo, Corona Australis, Microscopium & Indus.

Sky Chart #: 4.

Star Raking: 57th largest constellation in the celestial sphere. 

Main Stars: Telescopium consists of 2 main stars.

Brightest Star: Alpha Telescopii.


Kids Fun Facts Corner

# 1. Telescopium has no stars with planets.

# 2. Telescopium has 1 Deep-Sky object called NGC 6861.

# 3. Alpha Telescopii is the brightest star in Telescopium.


Q&A Corner

Q. What is Telescopium also known as?

Q. How many main stars does Telescopium have?

Q. What is the brightest star in Telescopium?

Q. How many stars have planets in Telescopium?

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

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

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

For further reading and more information on the Telescopium Constellation visit

  Key Vocabulary Constellation. Star. Celestial. Sphere.


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