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Musca – The Fly

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

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

Symbolism: Musca is also known as ‘The Fly’



History & Mythology

Musca is a small southern sky constellation. Musca is one of the 42 constellations that represents an animal, but the only one that is an insect. First devised by Dutch navigators as a Bee, the constellation become a Fly in the 1750’s.    

Key Data

Bordering Constellations: Musca is bordered by constellations Centaurus, Crux, Apus, Carina, Chamaeleon & Circinus.

Sky Chart #: 2.

Star Raking: 77th largest constellation in the celestial sphere. 

Main Stars: Musca consists of 6 main stars.

Brightest Star: Alpha Muscae.


Kids Fun Facts Corner

# 1. Musca has 3 stars with planets.

# 2. Musca has 3 Deep-Sky Objects. NGC 4833, NGC 5189 & MyCN 18.

# 3. Alpha Muscae is the brightest star in Musca.


Q&A Corner

Q. What is Musca also known as?

Q. How many main stars does Circinus have?

Q. What is the brightest star in Musca? 

Q. How many stars have planets in Musca?

Q. What number star ranking is Musca in the celestial sphere?

Download questions about the Musca Constellation here: Musca 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 Musca Constellation visit

  Key Vocabulary Constellation. Star. Celestial. Sphere.


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