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Apus – The Bird of Paradise

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

Apus is one of the 42 constellations that represents an animal.

Symbolism: Apus is also known as ‘The Bird of Paradise’

 

History & Mythology

Apus is one of the newer constellations in the celestial sphere, and is one of the 12 southern constellations introduced in the 16th century. The constellation is visible from the southern hemisphere, and represents a tropical bird around 4 main stars.  

 

Key Data

Bordering Constellations: Apus is bordered by constellations Triangulum Australe, Musca, Circinus, Ara, Pavo, OctansChamaeleon.

Sky Chart #: 2. 

Star Raking: 67th largest constellation in the celestial sphere. 

Main Stars: Apus consists of 4 main stars.

Brightest Star: Alpha Apodis.

 

Kids Fun Facts Corner

# 1. Apus has 2 stars with planets.

# 2. Some of Apus stars are now part of constellation Octans.  

# 3. Alpha Apodis is the brightest star in Apus.

 

Q&A Corner

Q. What is Apus also known as?

Q. How many main stars does Apus have?

Q. What is the brightest star in Apus?

Q. How many stars have planets in Apus?

Q. Name two bordering constellations to Apus?

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

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

For further reading and more info on the Apus Constellation visit www.constellation guide.com/Apus Constellation

  Key Vocabulary Constellation. Star. Celestial. Sphere.