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Volans
Volans
List of stars in Volans
Abbreviation Vol
Genitive Volantis
Pronunciation /ˈvoʊlænz/, genitive /vɒˈlæntɨs/
Symbolism the Flying Fish
Right ascension 8 h
Declination −70°
Family Bayer
Quadrant SQ2
Area 141 sq. deg. (76th)
Main stars 6
Bayer/Flamsteed
stars
12
Stars with
known planets
1
Stars brighter than 3m 0
Stars within 10 pc (32.6 ly) 1
Brightest star β Vol (3.77m)
Nearest star Gliese 293
(19.35 ly, 5.93 pc)
Messier objects 0
Meteor showers 0
Bordering
constellations
Carina
Pictor
Dorado
Mensa
Chamaeleon
Visible at latitudes between +15° and −90°.
Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of March.

Volans is a constellation in the southern sky. It represents a flying fish; its name is a shortened form of its original name, Piscis Volans. Volans was one of twelve constellations created by Petrus Plancius from the observations of Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman and it first appeared on a 35-cm diameter celestial globe published in 1597 (or 1598) in Amsterdam by Plancius with Jodocus Hondius. The first depiction of this constellation in a celestial atlas was in Johann Bayer's Uranometria of 1603. There are two double stars within the constellation which can be observed using a small telescope, Gamma Vol and Epsilon Vol, along with two galaxies which may be more difficult to see clearly; NGC 2442 and NGC 2434. The magnitude of the Gamma Vol stars are fourth and sixth, and that of Epsilon Vol are fourth and eighth. [1] [2]

References

  1. ^ "SEDS". SEDS. August 28 1997. http://seds.org/Maps/Stars_en/Fig/volans.html. Retrieved 2009-06-30.  
  2. ^ Ian Ridpath and Wil Tirion (2007). Stars and Planets Guide, Collins, London. ISBN 978-0007251209. Princeton University Press, Princeton. ISBN 978-0691135564.

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Coordinates: Sky map 08h 00m 00s, −70° 00′ 00″

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Etymology

Named by Dutch explorers Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman between 1595 and 1597. Shortened from Piscis Volans, from Latin piscis volāns, "flying fish".

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Volans

Plural
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Volans

  1. (astronomy) A small circumpolar constellation of the southern sky, said to resemble a flying fish.

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