Thursday 30 July 2020

Astrognome A-Z of Constellations # 87 Volans

Volans the Flying Fish - Southern Hemisphere
Volans is on the borders or Carina the Keel part of Argo Navis. Volans is not associated with any myths. It was one of the constellations created by the Dutch astronomer and cartographer Petrus Plancius in the late 16th century that first appeared depicted in a star atlas in 1603, in Johann Bayer’s Uranometria. The constellation was originally named Piscis Volans, the flying fish, by Plancius, but the name was eventually shortened to Volans. BB
Beta is the brightest star at magnitude 3.7 its a K2 ornage giant with a temperature of 4,500’ C and is 107 light years away.
Alpha magnitude 4.0 and is an A3 class star with a temperature of 8,000’C and is 125 light years away.

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