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Volans, The Flying Fish Constellation Facts and Mythology

Volans Constellation Star Map

Volans (Pronounciation:Vo-lans, Abbrev:Vol, Latin:Volantis) is a constellation, one of 88 constellations that the night sky is divided into. The sky is not divided up equally between the constellations. Volans takes up 141.354 sq. degrees of the night sky which equates to 0.34% of the night sky. Volans is the 76th largest in terms of size in the night sky.

The constellation name means The Flying Fish . 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.

There are 6 stars that make up the main constellation. The hipparcos satellite scanned and detailed 467 stars. There are 19 stars that can be seen with the naked eye in the constellation on a very clear night sky.

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

The distance to Volans is not calculable because all the stars that make up the constellation are at various distances. The best answer for distance to Volans is to calculate the average distance of the stars.

There are 3 Extrasolar Planets (Exoplanets) in this constellation that are detailed on this site. There is a dedicated page for exoplanets in Volans. For a list of named stars, that is stars that don't start HD or HIP, please visit Volans Star List Page.

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.

The image at the top right of this page was generated using Night Vision, a free to use and download application by Brian Simspon.

Volans Star Facts

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.

HIP 39342, Nearest Star

The nearest star to Earth is HIP 39342 which is roughly about 56.47 Light Years from the Earth. The nearest star to the Earth with an exoplanet is HD 76700 which is about 196.6 Light Years.

HIP 39060, Furthest Star

The furthest star that is located in the constellation is HIP 39060 and it is 29651.21 light years away from the Sun.

Beta Volantis, Brightest Star in Volans

The brightest star in Volans is Beta Volantis and is located about 98.93 light years from the Sun. The star has a apparent magnitude of 3.77 but an absolute magnitude of 1.18 when the star is viewed from a distance of 10 Parsecs or 32.6 Light Years. The star is only recognised as being Beta Volantis rather than having Alpha status.

HD 71863, Dimmest Visible Star

The dimmest star that can be seen in Volans with the naked eye is HD 71863. 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.

Volans Mythology

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 in the southern hemisphere.

Volans Facts


NameVolans
AbbreviationVol
Is a Zodiac Sign No
Brightest StarBeta Volantis
Area141.354 sq. deg.
Percentage of Night Sky0.34%
Size Position76th
Hemisphere Southern
Site Exoplanet Count3
Meteor Shower Count2
Nearest StarHIP 39342
Nearest Star with Exoplanet(s)HD 76700
Brightest StarBeta Volantis
Dimmest StarHD 71863
Furthest StarHIP 39060
Bright Star Count19
Hipparcos Star Count467
Main Star Count6
Messier Deep Space Object Count0
*Non-Messier Deep Space Object Count0
Bordering / Neighbouring / Surrounding ConstellationsCarina
Pictor
Dorado
Mensa
Chamaeleon

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



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