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Sculptor (Sculptor)

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Within Sculptor, the Sculptor Galaxy (NGC 253), a barred spiral galaxy and the largest member of the group, lies near the border between Sculptor and Cetus. Another prominent member of the group is the irregular galaxy NGC 55.

Sculptor was introduced by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille in the 18th century. He originally named it Apparatus Sculptoris (the sculptor's studio), but the name was later shortened.

Neighbouring Constellations

Aquarius (Waterbearer)

Cetus (Whale)

Fornax (Furnace)

Grus (Crane)

Phoenix (Phoenix)

Piscis Austrinus (Southern Fish)

Picture of Sculptor