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Antlia – The Air Pump

Antlia is one of the 88 constellations within the celestial sphere.

Antlia is one of the 29 constellations that represents an object.

Symbolism: Antlia is also known as ‘The Air Pump’

 

History & Mythology

Introduced in the 18th century by French astronomer Nicholas Louis De Lacaille along with other some other new constellations, the constellation represents an Air Pump. Antlia is quite a faint constellation which is why it was never included as part of the ancient constellations, even though some of the stars are visible.    

 

Key Data

Bordering Constellations: Antlia is bordered by constellations Pyxis, Vela, Hydra & Centaurus.

Sky Chart #: 5.

Star Raking: 62nd largest constellation in the celestial sphere. 

Main Stars: Antlia consists of 3 main stars.

Brightest Star: Alpha Antliae.

 

Kids Fun Facts Corner

# 1. Antlia has 2 stars with planets.

# 2. Antlia has 2 deep-sky objects that are spiral galaxies. NGC 2997 & IC 2560.

# 3. Alpha Antliae is the brightest star in Antlia.

 

Q&A Corner

Q. What is Antlia also known as?

Q. How many main stars does Antlia have?

Q. What is the brightest star in Antlia?

Q. What star ranking is Antila in the celestial sphere?

Q. How many deep sky object does Antila have?

Download questions about the Antlia Constellation here: Antlia Constellation (answers are on this page)

Teachers. For more in depth work sheets on constellations. Click on Kidskonnect Worksheets  

For further reading and more information on the Antlia Constellation visit www.wiki.kidzsearch.com/Antlia

  Key Vocabulary Constellation. Star. Celestial. Sphere.