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Volans (The Flying Fish)

Volans (pronounced ˈvoʊlænz) is the Latin name of a constellation situated south of the celestial equator. As such, it is more easily visible from the southern hemisphere.

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

The Latin genitive of the constellation name is "Volantis" (pronounced voʊˈlæntɪs) 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 Volantis (the brightest star of Volans based on the Bayer catalog); or 23 Volantis (the 23th star in the constellation of Volans based on the Flamsteed catalog).

Volans is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
Available Resources for Volans

Sky chart of Volans from your location

Here we provide a simplified sky chart of the Volans constellation. Alternatively it is possible to locate Volans 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 Volans from your location

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

Volans is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

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.

Top bright stars in Volans

The table below lists the top 20 brightest stars in the Volans constellation. See also the complete list of 32 stars brighter than magnitude 6.5 (approximate) in the constellation of Volans. Click on each star to see more details about it.

HR Number(*) Star designation Proper name Visual magnitude Color Notes
HR3347 β Volantis 3.77 Variable;
HR2736 γ2 Volantis 3.78 Variable; Double;
HR3024 ζ Volantis 3.95 Double;
HR2803 δ Volantis 3.98
HR3615 α Volantis 4
HR3223 ε Volantis 4.35 Double;
HR3280 5.07
HR2662 5.17
HR3460 θ Volantis 5.2 Multiple;
HR3334 η Volantis 5.29 Multiple;
HR3537 5.35 Double;
HR3301 κ1 Volantis 5.37 Multiple;
HR2602 ι Volantis 5.4
HR3370 5.53
HR3302 κ2 Volantis 5.65 Variable; Multiple;
HR2735 γ1 Volantis 5.69 Double;
HR3081 5.79
HR3610 5.88
HR3346 5.97
HR3495 6.05
...go to the complete list of 32 bright stars in the constellation of Volans

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

Top deep sky objects in Volans

The table below lists all the deep sky objects in the Volans constellation. See also the complete list of 12 deep sky objects in the constellation of Volans. The list includes objects from the Messier, New General Catalogue (NGC) and Index Catalogue (IC).

Name Type Magnitude
NGC 2442 Galaxy 10.42 (V)
NGC 2434 Galaxy 11.26 (V)
NGC 2305 Galaxy 12.82 (B)
NGC 2397 Galaxy 12.85 (B)
NGC 2307 Galaxy 13.38 (B)
NGC 2466 Galaxy 13.42 (B)
NGC 2601 Galaxy 13.42 (B)
IC 2202 Galaxy 13.63 (B)
NGC 2788A Galaxy 13.98 (B)
NGC 2397A Galaxy 14.84 (B)
NGC 2397B Galaxy 14.98 (B)
NGC 2348 Open Cluster N/A