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Constellation Data

  • Name: FORNAX
  • Translation: Furnace
  • Abbreviation: For
  • Genitive: Fornacis
  • Size: 41
  • Located Between: Cetus, Eridanus
  • RA: 3 hours
  • Decl: -30 degrees
  • Season: Fall
  • Midnight Culmination: November 2
  • Pages where FORNAX is discussed in Chet Raymo's 365 Starry Nights: 194

What is the Genitive form?
What is Right Ascension (RA)?
Is this constellation ever visible from my latitude? What is Declination?

Where should I look for a constellation on a date before or after its midnight culmination? What is Midnight Culmination?


A small constellation of faint stars nestled within a bend of the river (Eridanus), low in the south.

[star chart]

Star chart created with Voyager II Software for Macintosh, published by Carina Software. This is just a taste of what Voyager can do! For info on Voyager II software, call Carina Software at (510) 355-1266, write them at 12919 Alcosta Blvd Suite #7, San Ramon, CA 94583, or visit Carina Software's home page and check out Voyager II for yourself.

Special Stars

Alpha-Fornacis is only magnitude 3.9. Declination: -29 degrees south.

Table of 25 Brightest Stars.
What is apparent stellar magnitude?


The "Fornax Dwarf" galaxy is only 420,000 LY away (for comparison, the Andromeda galaxy is 2,200,000 LY). Although extremely close, it is extremely small, only 7,000 LY in diameter. Such dwarf galaxies must be very common, but obviously cannot be seen unless they are very close.

Fornax is crowded with other faint galaxies requiring a deep sky telescope.

What are Galaxies?
Table of Messier Objects.
What is apparent Magnitude?


Created by Lacaille in 1752 as one of 14 constellations named after scientific instruments. He called it Fornax Chemica, the Chemical Furnace.

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