Abbreviation:  Mus
English Name:  The Fly
Genitive: Myia (Alpha Muscae)
Hemisphere:  Southern Hemisphere.
Location: Between the constellations of Chamaeleon and Crux.
Visible between latitudes:  
+10 and -90 degrees
Best season: Spring
Seen in three seasons: Winter, Spring and Summer
Best seen in:  During the first week of May.
Seen between: April and May.
Right Ascension (RA):  12 hour
Declination (DEC):  -70 degrees
Area (square degrees):  138 (77th)

Musca  (The Fly)

  • Musca is an easy constellation to find, just to the south of the Southern Cross (Crux) and lies in Milky-Way.

Messier Objects

  • No Messier bjects in Musca.

Features of Interest

  • NGC 4372  –  Globular Cluster; also known as Caldwell 103 (C103), its close to Gamma Muscae star – low concentration of stars, pretty faint. (Magnitude: + 7.2)
  • NGC 4833  –  Globular Cluster; also known as Caldwell 105 (C105), is visible with bincoluars because of medium concentration. (Magnitude: +8.4)

Named Stars

  • Alpha Muscae (Myia)


  • Photo of the constellation; Musca, as it appears to the naked eye. (Lines have been added for clarity.)
  • Sky Chart  –  Musca
  • List of stars in Musca.


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