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  1. Circinus(noun)

    a small faint constellation in the southern hemisphere near Musca and Triangulum Australe


  1. Circinus(ProperNoun)

    A small constellation of the southern winter sky, said to resemble a compass. It lies between the constellations of Centaurus and Triangulum Australe.

    Etymology: Named by the French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille in 1763. From circinus


  1. Circinus

    Circinus is a small and faint constellation in the southern sky, first defined in 1756 by French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille. Its name is Latin for compass, referring to the drafting tool used for drawing circles. Its brightest star is Alpha Circini, with an apparent magnitude of 3.19. Slightly variable, it is the brightest rapidly oscillating Ap star in the night sky. Theta and AX Circini are the most prominent variable stars in the constellation. Two sun-like stars have planetary systems: HD 134060 has two small planets, and HD 129445 has a Jupiter-like planet. Supernova SN 185 appeared in Circinus in 185 AD and was recorded by Chinese observers. Two novae were observed more recently, in the 20th century. The Milky Way runs through the constellation, featuring prominent objects such as the open cluster NGC 5823 and the planetary nebula NGC 5315. Circinus hosts one notable spiral galaxy, the Circinus Galaxy, which was discovered in 1977 and is the closest Seyfert galaxy to the Milky Way. The Alpha Circinids, a meteor shower also discovered in 1977, radiate from this constellation.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of circinus in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of circinus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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