Southern Hemisphere

Volans Volantis (Vol)

WIDTH l DEPTH ^ SIZE RANKING 76th fULLY VISIBLE 14°n-90°s

This small and faint constellation of the southern sky between Carina and the Large Magellanic Cloud was introduced in the late 16th century by the Dutch navigator—astronomers Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman, originally under the name Piscis Volans, the flying fish, which has since been shortened. It represents the tropical fish that uses its outstretched fins as wings to glide through the air, a creature that made a great impression on early European explorers. Although it lies on the edge of the Milky Way, Volans is surprisingly bereft of deep-sky objects.

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