Volans

Tuesday 19 September 2017 - 22:06:15 Posted by  Bobby
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 Invention of Volans

Volans is a faint southern constellation that adjoins Carina. Invented at the end of the 16th century by the Dutch navigators Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman, it represents the fish of tropical waters that can glide above the waves on its outstretched fins.

 The Facts

  • Depiction: The Flying Fish
  • Pronounced: VO-lanz
  • Genitive: Volantis
  • Abbreviation: Vol
  • Highest in the Sky: January to March
  • Size Ranking: 76th
  • Coverage Area: 141 Sq. Degrees
  • Right Acension: 8 hours
  • Declination: -70°
  • Visibility: 12°N to 90°S

 Notable Objects

  • Epsilon Volantis: Double star
  • ESO 34-11: Ring galaxy
  • Gamma Volantis: Double star
  • NGC 2442: Meathook Galaxy

 Best Viewed Objects/Stars

Gamma Volantis

 An attractive double star. A small telescope reveals its orange and yellow components of magnitudes 3.8 and 5.7.

Epsilon Volantis

 A double star with 4th- and 7th-magnitude components that can be divided with a small telescope.
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