Apus Constellation Myths and Facts

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Apus Constellation Myths and Facts2017-11-17T21:34:26+00:00

Apus: The Bird of Paradise

APE-us/APP-us

Apus, The Bird of Paradise

Apus as depicted by Johannes Hevelius in his Firmamentum Sobiescianum sive Uranographia (1687).

Apus Constellation Profile
Abbreviation: Aps Genitive: Apodis Origin: Keyser/de Houtman
Location: Southern Hemisphere Size/Area: 206 sq. deg. Size Rank: 67
On Meridian: 9pm July 10th Best View (North): Best View (South):
Bordering Constellations: Triangulum Australe, Circinus, Musca, Chamaeleon, Octans, Pavo, Ara

 

The Myth Behind the Constellation Apus

The constellation Apus, “the Bird of Paradise”, was created by explorers in the 16th century.  It does not represent the bird of paradise flower, but the colorful bird found in New Guinea.  Apus comes from the Greek word apous, meaning “footless.”  Some sources say this may be from the Indian practice of cutting off the unsightly legs of the bird before offering it as a gift.

Apus Constellation Points of Interest

Interesting stars and objects.

Bright Stars in Apus

There are no stars in Apus with a magnitude of 3.0 or brighter.