a S constellation containing the celestial pole
Origin of OctansModL, octant ()
The constellation that includes the southern celestial pole.
Origin of OctansLatin Octans, half quadrant, from oct&omacron;, eight; see okt&omacron;(u) in Indo-European roots.
Named by the French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille in 1763. From Latin octans, an "octant"