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Centaurus

Centaurus (sĕntôr´əs), southern constellation located N and E of Crux, the Southern Cross. It is known especially for its bright stars Alpha Centauri and Hadar. It also contains Centaurus A, a radio galaxy, as well as a globular star cluster visible to the naked eye. Centaurus reaches its highest point in the evening sky in May.

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Centaurus

Centaurus (Centaur) Brilliant southern constellation representing a centaur. Its brightest star is Alpha Centauri.

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