The major portion of Centaurus (the Centaur) sprawls across the center and right hand side of the picture. Muhlifain, Gamma Centauri, lies just off right center, while bright Menkent (Theta) is the bright star about halfway up from center and Iota is the bright one toward the upper right edge. Eta is just to the left of center, while Mu and Nu are the vertical pair just up and to the right of center, Nu on top. To the left of Mu, find Phi and then Chi. This northern part of Centaurus is tied to the southern portion through Epsilon Centauri, the bright star toward lower right. The bright fuzzy image to the right of center is the great globular star cluster Omega Centauri. Zeta Cen is just down and to the left of it. The odd double 3 Cen is at the top center edge; 2 Cen is just down and to the right of it, while T Cen is the star to the right and a bit up just barely visible at the edge.

Lupus occupies the lower left portion of the image. Its brightest star, Kakkab, Alpha Lupi, is down toward bottom center. Beta Lupi is the lowest of the trio a bit up and to the left of it, with Delta to the left of Beta, Gamma down and to the left of Delta. GG is the first star up and to the right of Delta. Chi Lupi is off the picture to the left. Kappa is the first star just left of bottom center. Iota is to the right of the bright close pair above Kakkab. Lambda Lupi is below Beta, while Pi is down and to the right of Lambda.

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By Jim Kaler. Return to STARS.