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Bayer Family

Constellation family of the southern sky

Number of members11
Member constellationsApus, Chamæleon, Dorado, Grus, Hydrus, Indus, Musca, Pavo, Phoenix, Tucana, Volans
Celestial QuadrantsSQ1, SQ2, SQ3, SQ4
Right AscensionCircumpolar
Declination-81° 42' to -36° 13'
Total Area (sq deg)2,841
Brightest StarAlnair in Grus
Optimum VisibilitySome part of the Family is always visible from southern latitudes
NotesThis family of eleven constellations of the southern sky is named for Johann Bayer, who popularised their names in his star atlas Uranometria. Most of these constellations take their names from birds or animals, such as Apus the Bird of Paradise or Volans the Flying Fish.


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