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 6011 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.
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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) NGC 6101 (mag 9.3) NGC 5967 (mag 12.0)
γ-Aps (mag 3.9) IC 4499 (mag 10.6) NGC 5612 (mag 13.0)
β-Aps (mag 4.2) IC 4555
δ¹-Aps (mag 4.7) IC 4618
ζ-Aps (mag 4.8) IC 4640
η-Aps (mag 4.9) IC 4647
ε-Aps (mag 5.0) NGC 5799
δ²-Aps (mag 5.3) NGC 6209
R Aps (mag 5.4) IC 4448
ι-Aps (mag 5.4) IC 4541
κ¹-Aps (mag 5.4) IC 4578
HD 148488 (mag 5.5) IC 4633
κ²-Aps (mag 5.6) IC 4641
θ-Aps (mag 5.7) IC 4654
HD 143346 (mag 5.7) NGC 5833
HD 130458 (mag 5.8) NGC 6392
HD 164712 (mag 5.9) IC 4484
HD 156513 (mag 5.9) IC 4545
HD 165259 (mag 5.9) IC 4608
HD 131425 (mag 5.9) IC 4635
HD 138867 (mag 5.9) IC 4644
IC 4661
IC 4377
IC 4522

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39.04°N
77.49°W
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