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public Observing fromLocation: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
SunriseRise: 6:35  
clear_day Transit: 12:10  
SunsetSet: 17:45
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Apus (The Bird Of Paradise) Constellation

Altitude: -41.3°   Azimuth: 194.9°   Direction: South-South-West

Apus (pronounced ˈeɪpəs) is the Latin name of a constellation situated close to the southern celestial pole. As such, it is easilty visible for most part of the year from the southern hemisphere.

In English language this constellation is also known as "The Bird of paradise" while in astronomical texts and literature this constellation is often abbreviated as "Aps" (according to the standard of the International Astronomical Union - IAU) or as "Apus" (according to a naming convention used by NASA).

The Latin genitive of the constellation name is "Apodis" (pronounced ˈæpoʊdɪs) and it is used to identify some of the brightest stars in this constellation based on the Bayer or Flamsteed star naming convention. For instance: α Apodis (the brightest star of Apus based on the Bayer catalog); or 23 Apodis (the 23th star in the constellation of Apus based on the Flamsteed catalog).

Apus is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.
Available Resources for Apus

Sky Chart of Apus Constellation

Here we provide a simplified sky chart of the Apus constellation. Alternatively it is possible to locate Apus in the night sky using our Online Interactive Planetarium.

Chart of  constellation
This constellation image is derivatve work based on original work by IAU and Sky & Telescope magazine (Roger Sinnott & Rick Fienberg) CC-BY-3.0.

Visibility of Apus Constellation

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Apus is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt

The rise and set times provided here are just directional indications and they refer to a point approximately placed at the center of the constellation. In case of very large constellations these times can have little relevance.

Bright Stars in Apus Constellation

The table below lists the top 20 brightest stars in the Apus constellation. See also the complete list of 37 stars brighter than magnitude 6.5 (approximate) in the constellation of Apus. Click on each star to see more details about it.

HR Number(*) Star designation Proper name Visual magnitude Color Notes
HR5470 α Apodis 3.83
HR6102 γ Apodis 3.89
HR6163 β Apodis 4.24 Double;
HR6020 δ1 Apodis 4.68 Variable; Multiple;
HR6417 ζ Apodis 4.78
HR5303 η Apodis 4.91
HR5336 ε Apodis 5.06
HR6021 δ2 Apodis 5.27 Multiple;
HR5540 5.34 Variable;
HR6411 ι Apodis 5.41 Variable; Double;
HR5730 κ1 Apodis 5.49 Variable; Double;
HR6135 5.5
HR5261 θ Apodis 5.5 Variable;
HR5520 5.6 Double;
HR5782 κ2 Apodis 5.65 Multiple;
HR5955 5.7
HR6751 5.85 Double;
HR6731 5.86 Double;
HR6429 5.88 Variable;
HR5547 5.93
...go to the complete list of 37 bright stars in the constellation of Apus

(*) HR stands for Harvard Revised Bright Star Catalogue, which is also known as the Yale Catalogue of Bright Stars.

Deep Sky Objects in Apus Constellation

The table below lists the 20 brightest deep sky objects in the Apus constellation. See also the complete list of 29 deep sky objects in the constellation of Apus. The list includes objects from the Messier, New General Catalogue (NGC) and Index Catalogue (IC).

Name Type Magnitude
IC 4499 Globular Cluster 8.56 (V)
NGC 6101 Globular Cluster 10.08 (V)
NGC 5612 Galaxy 12.14 (V)
NGC 5833 Galaxy 12.3 (B)
IC 4633 Galaxy 12.4 (B)
NGC 6392 Galaxy 12.98 (B)
IC 4618 Galaxy 13.02 (B)
IC 4522 Galaxy 13.1 (B)
NGC 6209 Galaxy 13.16 (B)
IC 4654 Galaxy 13.36 (B)
IC 4661 Galaxy 13.48 (B)
NGC 5799 Galaxy 13.5 (B)
IC 4555 Galaxy 13.55 (B)
IC 4377 Galaxy 13.6 (B)
IC 4641 Galaxy 13.9 (B)
IC 4578 Galaxy 13.9 (B)
IC 4635 Galaxy 13.94 (B)
IC 4541 Galaxy 13.95 (B)
IC 4448 Galaxy 13.99 (V)
IC 4545 Galaxy 14.04 (B)
...go to the complete list of 29 deep sky objects in the constellation of Apus