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 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 5 Extrasolar Planets (Exoplanets) in this constellation that are detailed on this site.
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.
|Is a Zodiac Sign||No|
|Brightest Star||Alpha Apodis|
|Area||206.327 sq. deg.|
|Percentage of Night Sky||0.5%|
|Site Exoplanet Count||5|
|Meteor Shower Count||0|
|Bordering / Neighbouring / Surrounding Constellations||Triangulum Australe|
The map was generated using Night Vision, an awesome free application by Brian Simpson.
|Star||Distance (Lt. Yrs.)||Exoplanet Count||Declination||Right Ascension|
|HD 131664||183.55||1||-73d 32` 07.5||15h 00m 06.04|
|HD 134606||86.42||3||-70d 31` 09.2||15h 15m 15.36|
|HD 137388||127.96||1||-80d 12` 16.9||15h 35m 40.09|
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.
|Star||Distance (Lt. Yrs.)||Declination||Right Ascension|
|Alpha Apodis||446.80||-79d 02` 41.0||14h 47m 51.73|
|Beta Apodis||156.96||-77d 30` 59.7||16h 43m 05.42|
|Delta1 Apodis||762.06||-78d 41` 44.4||16h 20m 20.84|
|Delta2 Apodis||613.09||-78d 40` 02.7||16h 20m 26.86|
|Epsilon Apodis||644.59||-80d 06` 32.1||14h 22m 23.20|
|Eta Apodis||138.09||-81d 00` 27.4||14h 18m 13.97|
|Gamma Apodis||156.28||-78d 53` 49.1||16h 33m 27.46|
|HR 5955||290.96||-72d 24` 03.9||16h 05m 55.88|
|HR 6135||809.34||-70d 59` 17.0||16h 34m 19.37|
|Iota Apodis||1320.50||-70d 07` 23.4||17h 22m 05.88|
|Kappa1 Apodis||1240.16||-73d 23` 22.4||15h 31m 30.82|
|Kappa2 Apodis||780.30||-73d 26` 47.9||15h 40m 21.36|
|NO Apodis||883.91||-80d 51` 32.5||17h 31m 27.47|
|R Apodis||374.47||-76d 39` 45.4||14h 57m 53.16|
|S Apodis||4941.87||-72d 03` 45.2||15h 09m 24.55|
|Theta Apodis||368.96||-76d 47` 48.0||14h 05m 20.10|
|Zeta Apodis||297.32||-67d 46` 14.3||17h 21m 59.53|