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Apus is a rather inconspicuous constellation in the southern sky.


Apus
Latin name Apus
Latin genitive Apodis
International abbreviation Aps
Number of stars 67
Symbology Swallow


Remarkable objects

Only two stars in this constellation are brighter than magnitude +4, α Apodis and γ Apodis. There are no bright deep sky objects of note in Apus.

History and mythology

As Apus is located in the far southern celestial hemisphere it was not known to the ancient cultures in Mesopotamia or Greece and therefore there are no myths associated with it. Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman first named this constellation in the late 16th century and it was first mapped by Johann Beyer in his classical work Uranometria in 1603.

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88 Official Constellations by IAU

AndromedaAntliaApusAquariusAquilaAraAriesAurigaBoötesCaelumCamelopardalisCancerCanes VenaticiCanis MajorCanis MinorCapricornusCarinaCassiopeiaCentaurusCepheusCetusChamaeleonCircinusColumbaComa BerenicesCorona AustralisCorona BorealisCorvusCraterCruxCygnusDelphinusDoradoDracoEquuleusEridanusFornaxGeminiGrusHerculesHorologiumHydraHydrusIndusLacertaLeoLeo MinorLepusLibraLupusLynxLyraMensaMicroscopiumMonocerosMuscaNormaOctansOphiuchusOrionPavoPegasusPerseusPhoenixPictorPiscesPiscis AustrinusPuppisPyxisReticulumSagittaSagittariusScorpiusSculptorScutumSerpensSextansTaurusTelescopiumTriangulumTriangulum AustraleTucanaUrsa MajorUrsa MinorVelaVirgoVolansVulpecula