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.