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Sextans

Sextant
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This constellation was first described by Johannes Hevelius, the Polish astronomer. It is said to recall a large device that he used in his observatory in Danzig. A sextant is a measuring device that allows the observer to determine the angle between objects to a high degree of accuracy. Sextans is straddles the celestial equator and located between the constellations Hydra and Leo near the bright stars Alphard and Regulus. None of the major stars in Sextans have common names.