The Constellation Apus

by Dominic Ford
Apus Apus
The constellation Apus. Roll mouse over to see labels.
Source: Stellarium.

Apus is a small constellation close to the south celestial pole. It contains only two stars brighter than fourth magnitude.

It contains the globular cluster NGC 6101 and many faint galaxies, but no other deep sky objects that are easily seen.

Apus represents the bird of paradise, found in New Guinea. The name was given to this sky area by Keyser & de Houtman at the end of the sixteenth century.

Date First Appeared
1598 (Keyser & de Houtman)
Sky Area
0.5% of the sky
206.3 square degrees
Messier Objects
Apus contains no Messier objects
Caldwell Objects
Apus contains the following Caldwell object: C107.
The following constellations neighbor Apus: Ara, Chamaeleon, Circinus, Musca, Octans, Pavo, Triangulum Australe.
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Brightest Objects in Apus

Stars Open Clusters Globular Clusters Galaxies
Stars Open Clusters Globular Clusters Galaxies
α-Aps (mag 3.8) IC 4499 (mag 8.6) NGC 5612 (mag 12.1)
γ-Aps (mag 3.9) NGC 6101 (mag 10.1) IC 4448 (mag 14.0)
β-Aps (mag 4.2)
δ¹-Aps (mag 4.7)
ζ-Aps (mag 4.8)
η-Aps (mag 4.9)
ε-Aps (mag 5.0)
δ²-Aps (mag 5.3)
R Aps (mag 5.4)
ι-Aps (mag 5.4)
κ¹-Aps (mag 5.4)
HD 148488 (mag 5.5)
κ²-Aps (mag 5.6)
θ-Aps (mag 5.7)
HD 143346 (mag 5.7)
HD 130458 (mag 5.8)
HD 164712 (mag 5.9)
HD 156513 (mag 5.9)
HD 165259 (mag 5.9)
HD 131425 (mag 5.9)
HD 138867 (mag 5.9)
HD 133981 (mag 6.0)
HD 122862 (mag 6.0)
HD 126209 (mag 6.1)
HD 161988 (mag 6.1)




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