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Apus
Constellation
Abbreviation Aps
Genitive Apodis
Pronunciation /ˈpəs/, genitive /ˈæpəds/
Symbolism The Bird-of-Paradise
Right ascension 16
Declination −75
Quadrant SQ3
Area 206 sq. deg. (67th)
Main stars 4
Bayer/Flamsteed
stars
12
Stars with planets 2
Stars brighter than 3.00m 0
Stars within 10.00 pc (32.62 ly) 0
Brightest star α Aps (3.83m)
Nearest star HD 128400
(66.36 ly, 20.35 pc)
Messier objects None
Meteor showers None
Bordering
constellations
Triangulum Australe
Circinus
Musca
Chamaeleon
Octans
Pavo
Ara
Visible at latitudes between +5° and −90°.
Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of July.
Apus IAU
Apus Constellation chart

Apus is a constellation in the southern sky. It is hard to see because it is not very bright. Apus means "no feet" in Greek. It was named "no feet" because it looks like a Bird-of-Paradise, and people used to think that birds-of-paradise did not have feet.

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