Musca: The Fly


Musca, The Fly

Musca as depicted by Johannes Hevelius in his Firmamentum Sobiescianum sive Uranographia (1687). Source image provided by — Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps Inc.

Musca Constellation Profile
Abbreviation: Mus Genitive: Muscae Origin: Keyser/de Houtman
Location: Southern Hemisphere Size/Area: 138 sq. deg. Size Rank: 77
On Meridian: 9pm May 10th Best View (North): Best View (South):
Bordering Constellations: Chamaeleon, Apus, Circinus, Centaurus, Crux, Carina


The Myth Behind the Constellation Musca

Musca, “The Fly”, is a late sixteenth-century creation of Dutch navigators Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman.   The two created 12 constellations during expeditions under the southern skies. Musca has had several names along the way, including Apis (The Bee), Musca Apis (The Fly Bee) and Musca Australis (The Southern Fly).

Musca Constellation Points of Interest

Interesting stars and objects.

Bright Stars in Musca

These are the stars in Musca with a minimum magnitude of 3.0.

Name Bayer Name Magnitude Color Luminosity Distance
Alpha Muscae Alpha Muscae 2.69  Blue-White 2,093 suns 306 ly