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Tuesday 19 September 2017 - 00:36:07Posted by Bobby
Invention of Apus
Apuslies near the south celestial pole, to the south of Centaurus. It is not easy to identify and contains few objects of note. It is one of the constellations invented at the end of the 16th century by the Dutch navigators Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman, and represents a new Guinea bird of paradise. Its brightest star is Alpha Apodis, magnitude 3.8.
Depiction: The Bird of Paradise
Highest in the Sky: May to July
Size Ranking: 67th
Coverage Area: 206 Sq. Degrees
Right Acension: 16 Hours
Visibility: 6°N to 90°S
Delta Apodis: Double star
Theta Apodis: Star
IC 4499: Globular cluster
NGC 6101: Globular cluster
Best Viewed Objects/Stars
Delta Apodis A wide double star, easily divided with binoculars. The two stars are of magnitude 4.7 and 5.3. They are both red giants but are estimated to lie at different distances from us, 760 and 660 light-years respectively, so they probably form an optical double rather than a genuine binary.