Centaurus is the 9th largest constellation in the night sky. Its brightest star is α Centauri(Rigil Kentaurus) at a magnitude of 0.0. It is best visible from latitudes 25N to 90S during months April through June.
The most interesting object to gaze at with binoculars or a telescope is ω Centauri. Otherwise known is NGC 5139, ω Centauri is a globular cluster made of millions of stars tightly packed together. It is 17,000 light-years away with a magnitude of 3.7.
Centaurus is home to the closest star to the sun, Proxima Centauri. A telescope is required to see this faint star as it is in a star system including α Centauri. The star system consists of two bright stars with magnitudes of 0.0 and 1.3, with a much dimmer Proxima Centauri at a magnitude of 11.