The Constellation Apus

by Dominic Ford
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Apus

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.
Neighbors
The following constellations neighbor Apus: Ara, Chamaeleon, Circinus, Musca, Octans, Pavo, Triangulum Australe.
Apus Apus
The constellation Apus as it appears to the unaided eye. Roll mouse over to see labels.
Source: Stellarium.

San Diego

Latitude:
Longitude:
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32.72°N
117.16°W
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Color scheme


Brightest Objects in Apus

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Stars Open Clusters Globular Clusters Galaxies
α-Aps (mag 3.8) NGC 6101 (mag 9.3) NGC 5612 (mag 12.1)
γ-Aps (mag 3.9) IC 4499 (mag 10.1) NGC 5833 (mag 12.3)
β-Aps (mag 4.2) IC 4633 (mag 12.4)
δ¹-Aps (mag 4.7) NGC 6392 (mag 13.0)
ζ-Aps (mag 4.8) IC 4618 (mag 13.0)
η-Aps (mag 4.9) IC 4522 (mag 13.1)
ε-Aps (mag 5.0) NGC 6209 (mag 13.2)
δ²-Aps (mag 5.3) IC 4654 (mag 13.4)
R Aps (mag 5.4) IC 4661 (mag 13.5)
ι-Aps (mag 5.4) NGC 5799 (mag 13.5)
κ¹-Aps (mag 5.4) IC 4555 (mag 13.6)
HIP 81141 (mag 5.5) IC 4377 (mag 13.6)
κ²-Aps (mag 5.6) IC 4578 (mag 13.9)
θ-Aps (mag 5.7) IC 4641 (mag 13.9)
HIP 78868 (mag 5.7) IC 4635 (mag 13.9)
HIP 72833 (mag 5.8) IC 4541 (mag 13.9)
HIP 89115 (mag 5.9) IC 4448 (mag 14.0)
HIP 85760 (mag 5.9) IC 4545 (mag 14.0)
HIP 89234 (mag 5.9) NGC 5967 (mag 14.1)
HIP 73415 (mag 5.9) IC 4484 (mag 14.2)
HIP 76877 (mag 5.9) IC 4644 (mag 14.3)
HIP 74421 (mag 6.0) IC 4608 (mag 14.3)
HIP 69090 (mag 6.0) IC 4647 (mag 14.5)
HIP 70874 (mag 6.1) IC 4640 (mag 14.8)
HIP 87926 (mag 6.1)
HIP 68431 (mag 6.1)
HIP 73394 (mag 6.2)
HIP 76664 (mag 6.2)
HIP 84158 (mag 6.2)
HIP 84510 (mag 6.2)
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