English Name: The Flying Fish
Hemisphere: Southern Hemisphere
Location: Between the constellations of Carina and Mensa.
Visible between latitudes: +10 and -90 degrees
Best season: Winter
Seen in three seasons: Autumn, Winter and Spring.
Best seen in: March
Seen between: January and April.
Right Ascension (RA): 08 hour
Declination (DEC): +70 degrees
Area (square degrees): 141 (76th)
Volans (The Flying Fish)
- Small and faint constellation lying between Centaurus and the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) – although half of Volans constellation lies in the outer portion of Milky-Way.
- There are no open clusters or globular clusters, nor any diffuse, there are several faint galaxies – only one is brightest (NGC 2422).
- No Messier objects in Volans.
Features of Interest
- NGC 2442 – Spiral Galaxy; visible in 4-inch telescopes as just a faint elliptical haze. Larger telescopes reveals the central nucleus. (Magnitude: +11.2)
- Gamma Volantis (attractive double star – reveals orange star & yellow star.)
- Epsilon Volantis (double star – can be divided with a small telescope.)
- Photo of the constellation; Volans, as it appears to the naked eye. (Lines have been added for clarity.)
- Sky Chart – Volans
- List of stars in Volans.
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