Crater - The Cup
Last Updated May 29, 2023 by Tim Trott. First Published in 2012.
Learn about the constellation Crater - The Cup, location, facts, mythology, meteor showers and deep space objects.
Crater is one of the 88 modern constellations and was also one of the 48 listed by Ptolemy. It is said to represent the goblet of Apollo. It has no star brighter than the fourth magnitude.
Location: Northern Spring 11h RA -16° Dec
It is a dim constellation and has no star brighter than the fourth magnitude.
In Greek mythology, a crow/raven serves Apollo, and is sent to fetch water, but it rests lazily on the journey, and after finally obtaining the water in a cup, takes back a water snake as well, as an excuse. According to the myth, Apollo saw through the fraud, and angrily cast the crow, cup, and snake, into the sky.
Crater Deep Space Objects
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