The Constellation Directory


"The Flying Fish"


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

Abbreviation: Vol
Genitive: Volantis
Constellation family: Bayer Group
Nearest constellations: Carina, Chamaeleon, Dorado, Mensa, and Pictor
Right ascension: 7.85h
Declination: -69.63°
Visible between latitudes: +10° and -90°
Square degrees: 141
Luminary: Beta Volantis
Notable deep sky objects: NGC 2442/2443 (the Meathook Galaxy)


Volans is a small constellation in the Southern Hemisphere that is best seen in March.

Volans was first introduced in 1603 in Johann Bayer's Uranometria and was originally named Piscis Volans.


There is no mythology associated with this constellation.