The Constellation Volans

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

Volans is a small, faint constellation, visible in the far southern evening sky in the months around January.

The name ‘Volans’ is short for ‘Piscis Volans’, Latin for ‘flying fish’. It represents a real species of fish which can jump out of the water and glide on wings over distances of around 50 metres.

Volans is among the dozen constellations introduced by Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman which celebrate rare or exotic animals, and it first appeared on star maps in 1598.

It does not contain any stars brighter than mag 3.8, and its only deep sky objects are faint galaxies.

Date First Appeared
1598 (Keyser & de Houtman)
Sky Area
0.3% of the sky
141.4 square degrees
Messier Objects
Volans contains no Messier objects
Caldwell Objects
Volans contains no Caldwell objects
The following constellations neighbor Volans: Carina, Chamaeleon, Dorado, Mensa, Pictor.
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Brightest Objects in Volans

Stars Open Clusters Globular Clusters Galaxies
Stars Open Clusters Globular Clusters Galaxies
γ²-Vol (mag 3.8) NGC 2442 (mag 11.0)
β-Vol (mag 3.8) NGC 2434 (mag 11.2)
ζ-Vol (mag 4.0) NGC 2397 (mag 13.0)
δ-Vol (mag 4.0) NGC 2466
α-Vol (mag 4.0) NGC 2305
ε-Vol (mag 4.4) NGC 2601
HD 70514 (mag 5.1) NGC 2307
HD 53501 (mag 5.2) IC 2202
θ-Vol (mag 5.2)
η-Vol (mag 5.3)
κ¹-Vol (mag 5.3)
HD 76143 (mag 5.3)
γ¹-Vol (mag 5.4)
ι-Vol (mag 5.4)
HD 72337 (mag 5.5)
κ²-Vol (mag 5.6)
HD 64484 (mag 5.8)
HD 77887 (mag 5.9)
HD 71863 (mag 5.9)




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