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Volans Constellation

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. The constellation gets its name as it 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.

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 brightest star in Volans is Beta Volantis. There are 2 Extrasolar Planets (Exoplanets) in this constellation that are detailed on this site.

Volans Star and Deep Space Object Count

The number of stars that have been catalogued as part of the Hipparcos Star Catalogue from Volans is 467. The number of stars that are of magnitude 6.0 or lower in the constellation is 19. The number of stars in the constellation that make up the outline is 6.

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 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. The furthest star that can be located in the constellation is HIP 39060 which is located about 29651.21 Light Years away from the Sun.

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

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.

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

Volans Facts

Is a Zodiac Sign No
Brightest StarBeta Volantis
Area141.354 sq. deg.
Percentage of Night Sky0.34%
Size Position76th
Hemisphere Southern
Site Exoplanet Count2
Meteor Shower Count2
Nearest StarHIP 39342
Nearest Star with Exoplanet(s)HD 76700
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

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

Volans Constellation Map

Volans Constellation Star Map

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

List of Stars with Exoplanets in Volans

StarDistance (Lt. Yrs.)Exoplanet CountDeclinationRight Ascension
HD 68402254.421-74d 24` 38.208h 05m 23.86
HD 76700196.601-66d 48` 04.608h 53m 55.93

List of Named Stars in Volans 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 Volantis124.92 -66d 23` 45.009h 02m 26.80
Beta Volantis107.54-66d 08` 11.508h 25m 44.25
Delta Volantis737.93-67d 57` 25.807h 16m 49.83
Epsilon Volantis562.35-68d 37` 01.708h 07m 55.84
Eta Volantis381.03-73d 24` 00.208h 22m 04.52
Gamma Volantis161.95-70d 29` 50.407h 08m 42.34
Gamma Volantis B139.80-70d 29` 57.107h 08m 44.82
Iota Volantis563.32-70d 57` 48.506h 51m 26.98
Kappa Volantis434.88-71d 30` 54.008h 19m 49.00
Kappa Volantis B418.69-71d 30` 19.708h 20m 00.56
Theta Volantis240.18-70d 23` 11.908h 39m 05.13
Zeta Volantis141.01-72d 36` 22.107h 41m 49.20

Volans Constellation's Star Breakdown

Type Breakdown

KLight Orange Star 3,700 - 5,200k122
FYellow-White 6,000 - 7,500k104
GYellow 5,200 - 6,000k89
AWhite 7,500 - 10,000k67
BBlue-White 10,500 - 30,000k47
MRed Dwarf Star <3,700k20

Size Breakdown

IIINormal Giant163
VMain Sequence162
IIBright Giant4

Breakdown of Carbon Stars by Type

CC-Type Carbon Star1

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