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The constellation that includes the southern celestial pole.

[Latin Octāns, half quadrant, from octō, eight; see oktō(u) in Indo-European roots.]
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n, Latin genitive Octantis (ɒkˈtæntɪs)
(Celestial Objects) a faint constellation in the S hemisphere in which the S celestial pole is situated
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It is situated 2.4 degrees south-west of epsilon Pavonis and a few arc-minutes from the boundary with Octans. Averted vision is the best way of discerning the planetary's hazy appearance.
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Fallows' assistant and wife, Mary Ann Fallows, who discovered a comet in the constellation of Octans, is regarded as South Africa's first female astronomical observer.
Sebastian Lipari (Space Telescope Science Institute) and his colleagues report the discovery of the third such quasar, IRAS 18508 -7815 in Octans. Its extremely strong iron lines defy explanation.