The Constellation Directory


"The Air Pump"


By IAU and Sky & Telescope magazine (Roger Sinnott & Rick Fienberg) [CC-BY-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Abbreviation: Ant
Genitive: Antliae
Constellation family: Lacaille
Nearest constellations: Centaurus, Hydra, Pyxis, and Vela
Right ascension: 10.16h
Declination: -34.44°
Visible between latitudes: +45° and -90°
Square degrees: 239
Luminary: Alpha Antliae
Notable deep sky objects: NGC 2997, IC 2545, IC 2560


Antlia is a small constellation in the Southern Hemisphere that is best seen in April.

Antlia was originally named "Antlia Pneumatica and Machine Pneumatique" by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille in 1756 to commemorate the air pump, which had recently been invented.


There is no mythology associated with this constellation.