Constellation Sextans


The Sextant (lat. Sextans) is located near the celestial equator and can therefore be seen from both hemispheres. Its brightest star reaches a magnitude of 4.4, which is why the constellation is relatively inconspicuous.

How to spot Sextans

With an area of 314 square degrees, Sextans can be seen during spring with the help of a telescope. It is surrounded by the constellations Hydra, Crater and Leo.


The constellation Sextans was introduced by the astronomer Johannes Hevel at the end of the 17th century. It is intended to represent the sextant, with whom he measured the star positions.