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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 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.

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


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 Count2
Meteor Shower Count2
Bordering / Neighbouring / Surrounding ConstellationsCarina
Pictor
Dorado
Mensa
Chamaeleon

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` 54.0 08h 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



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