The Constellation Directory


"The Bird of Paradise"


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

Abbreviation: Aps
Genitive: Apodis
Constellation family: Bayer Group
Nearest constellations: Ara, Chamaeleon, Circinus, Musca, Octans, Pavo, and Triangulum Australe
Right ascension: 16.16h
Declination: -76.28°
Visible between latitudes: +5° and -90°
Square degrees: 206
Luminary: Alpha Apodis
Notable deep sky objects: NGC 6101, IC 4499, IC 4633


Apus is a small and relatively dim constellation that is best seen in July in the Southern Hemisphere. It was named by Johann Bayer in the early 1600s and is one of 12 constellations that he designed to fill in the sky of the Southern Hemisphere, which previously had no official constellations.


There is no mythology associated with this constellation.