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Apus Constellation

Apus (Pronounciation:A-pus, Abbrev:Aps, Latin:Apodis) is a constellation, one of 88 constellations that the night sky is divided into. The sky is not divided up equally between the constellations. Apus takes up 206.327 sq. degrees of the night sky which equates to 0.5% of the night sky. The constellation gets its name as it name means Bird of Paradise . It was not one of the original constellations that had been devised by Ptolemy, instead it was created by Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman years later.

Apus is not a member of the Zodiac group of twelve constellations that appear when the Sun sets. Apus is a southern hemispheric constellation which means it can't be seen easily or at all from the northern hemisphere.

The brightest star in Apus is Alpha Apodis. There are 6 Extrasolar Planets (Exoplanets) in this constellation that are detailed on this site.

Apus Star and Deep Space Object Count

The number of stars that have been catalogued as part of the Hipparcos Star Catalogue from Apus is 701. The number of stars that are of magnitude 6.0 or lower in the constellation is 21. The number of stars in the constellation that make up the outline is 4.

There are no deep space objects that were identified by Charles Messier in this constellation. There are no non-Messier deep space objects in this constellation that are covered at present on this site.

Stars of Interest

The nearest star to Earth is HIP 76362 which is roughly about 42.69 Light Years from the Earth. The nearest star to the Earth with an exoplanet is HD 134606 which is about 86.42 Light Years. The furthest star that can be located in the constellation is HIP 73871 which is located about 54360.56 Light Years away from the Sun. The furthest figure is derived from either the 1997 or 2007 Hipparcos star catalogue parallax figure and it has been known to produce distances that are wrong.

The dimmest star that can be seen in Apus with the naked eye is HD 138867. The dim star has an apparent magnitude of 5.95. The dimmest star that a person is able to see with their naked eye is 6.0 magnitude based on the table in the reference. Ref: University of Michigan

The caveat of these stars are that they are catalogued on this site. If you know of a star that is nearer or further then do let me know in the comments and I'll add it to the site. The stars mentioned are from the Hipparcos catalogue or have been added because of their special status.

There is no Greek Legend behind this constellation. It was created by Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman to fill in the voids in the astronomical charts. Its name which means feetless is derived because the specimens of the bird had their feet removed.

There are no major meteor showers that radiate from within this constellation.

Apus Facts

Is a Zodiac Sign No
Brightest StarAlpha Apodis
Area206.327 sq. deg.
Percentage of Night Sky0.5%
Size Position67th
Hemisphere Southern
Site Exoplanet Count6
Meteor Shower Count0
Nearest StarHIP 76362
Nearest Star with Exoplanet(s)HD 134606
Dimmest StarHD 138867
Furthest StarHIP 73871
Bright Star Count21
Hipparcos Star Count701
Main Star Count4
Messier Deep Space Object Count0
*Non-Messier Deep Space Object Count0
Bordering / Neighbouring / Surrounding ConstellationsTriangulum Australe

*Note: The number of Non-Messier Deep Space Object Count relates to how many are covered on this site not how many there are.

Apus Constellation Map

Apus Constellation Star Map

The map was generated using Night Vision, an awesome free application by Brian Simpson.

List of Stars with Exoplanets in Apus

StarDistance (Lt. Yrs.)Exoplanet CountDeclinationRight Ascension
2M1450-7841 A1-78d 41` 41.0014h 50m 42.00
2M1450-7841 B1-78d 41` 38.0014h 50m 41.00
HD 13460686.423-70d 31` 09.215h 15m 15.36
HD 137388127.961-80d 12` 16.915h 35m 40.09

List of Named Stars in Apus without Extrasolar Planets

As there's so many stars in the cosmos, not all the stars are listed here. The site has lots of stars not listed so if your star isn't listed and you know the Henry Draper or Hipparcos ID, type https://www.universeguide.com/star/ then followed by the HIPNNNNNN or HDNNNN where NNNNN is the number part of the name. The stars that I do list have either a traditional name, a bayer or other classification name.

StarDistance (Lt. Yrs.)DeclinationRight Ascension
Alpha Apodis446.80-79d 02` 41.014h 47m 51.73
Beta Apodis156.96-77d 30` 59.716h 43m 05.42
Delta1 Apodis762.06-78d 41` 44.416h 20m 20.84
Delta2 Apodis613.09-78d 40` 02.716h 20m 26.86
Epsilon Apodis644.59-80d 06` 32.114h 22m 23.20
Eta Apodis138.09-81d 00` 27.414h 18m 13.97
Gamma Apodis156.28-78d 53` 49.116h 33m 27.46
HR 5955290.96-72d 24` 03.916h 05m 55.88
HR 6135809.34-70d 59` 17.016h 34m 19.37
Iota Apodis1320.50-70d 07` 23.417h 22m 05.88
Kappa1 Apodis1240.16-73d 23` 22.415h 31m 30.82
Kappa2 Apodis780.30-73d 26` 47.915h 40m 21.36
NO Apodis883.91-80d 51` 32.517h 31m 27.47
R Apodis374.47-76d 39` 45.414h 57m 53.16
S Apodis4941.87-72d 03` 45.215h 09m 24.55
Theta Apodis368.96-76d 47` 48.014h 05m 20.10
Zeta Apodis297.32-67d 46` 14.317h 21m 59.53

Apus Constellation's Star Breakdown

Type Breakdown

KLight Orange Star 3,700 - 5,200k182
FYellow-White 6,000 - 7,500k134
GYellow 5,200 - 6,000k129
AWhite 7,500 - 10,000k121
BBlue-White 10,500 - 30,000k83
MRed Dwarf Star <3,700k25
OBlue Star >33,000k1

Size Breakdown

VMain Sequence256
IIINormal Giant247
IIBright Giant7
IaLuminous Supergiant2

Breakdown of Carbon Stars by Type

CC-Type Carbon Star2

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