Abbreviation: Â Vol
English Name: Â The Flying Fish
Genitive:Â Volantis
Hemisphere:Â Â Southern Hemisphere
Location:Â Between the constellations of Carina and Mensa.
Visible between latitudes: Â +10 and -90 degrees
Best season: Winter
Seen in three seasons:Â Autumn, Winter and Spring.
Best seen in:  March
Seen between:Â January and April.
Right Ascension (RA):Â 08 Â hour
Declination (DEC):Â Â +70 degrees
Area (square degrees): Â 141 (76th)

Volans  (The Flying Fish)

  • Small and faint constellation lying between Centaurus and the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) – although half of Volans constellation lies in the outer portion of Milky-Way.
  • There are no open clusters or globular clusters, nor any diffuse, there are several faint galaxies – only one is brightest (NGC 2422).

Messier Objects

  • No Messier objects in Volans.

Features of Interest

  • NGC 2442 Â – Â Spiral Galaxy; visible in 4-inch telescopes as just a faint elliptical haze. Â Larger telescopes reveals the central nucleus. (Magnitude: +11.2)

Named Stars

  • Gamma Volantis  (attractive double star – reveals orange star & yellow star.)
  • Epsilon Volantis  (double star – can be divided with a small telescope.)


  • Photo of the constellation;Â Volans, as it appears to the naked eye. (Lines have been added for clarity.)
  • Sky Chart  –  Volans
  • List of stars in Volans.

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