Southern Hemisphere

Apus, lying in the almost featureless region around the south pole of the sky, represents a bird of paradise. It is one of the figures introduced in the late 16th century by the Dutch navigator— astronomers Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman, but is a disappointing tribute to such an exotic family of birds. The constellation appeared on the celestial globe produced by Dutch cartographer Petrus Plancius in 1598 as "Paradysvogel Apis Indica.' works by 17 th- and 18 th-

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