Antlia: The Air Pump


Antlia, the Pump.

Antlia as first depicted by Nicolas Louis de La Caille.

Antlia Constellation Profile
Abbreviation: Ant Genitive: Antliae Origin: Lacaille
Location: Southern Hemisphere Size/Area: 239 sq. deg. Size Rank: 62
On Meridian: 9pm April 5 Best View (North): Mar./Apr. Best View (South):
Bordering Constellations: Hydra, Pyxis, Vela, Centaurus


The Myth Behind the Constellation Antlia

Antlia, “The Pump”, was created by Nicolas-Louis de La Caille, and introduced in 1756 as Machine Pneumatique.  In his star chart it was shown as a single cylinder air pump, the type invented by Denis Papin.  The constellation name was Latinized to Antlia Pnumatica for his 1763 work Coelum Australe Stelliferum.  It was later shortened to Antlia.  There are no myths associated with this constellation.

Antlia Constellation Points of Interest

Interesting stars and objects.

Bright Stars in Antlia

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