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Meaning in Englishthe Pump
Right ascension10h
Declination- 90°
Visible to latitudeBetween +45° and - 90°
On meridianApril
 - Total
Ranked 62nd
239 sq. deg.
Number of stars with
apparent magnitude < 3
Brightest star
 - Apparent magnitude
α Ant
Meteor showers
  • none
Bordering constellations

The constellation Antlia (Latin for pump) is a relatively new constellation as it was only created in the 18th century. The IAU adopted it as one of the 88 modern constellations. Beginning at the north, Antlia is surrounded by the sea monster Hydra, the compass Pyxis, the sails (Vela) of the mythological ship Argo and finally the centaur Centaurus.

Table of contents
1 Notable features
2 Notable deep sky objects
3 History

Notable features

Antlia is a faint constellation void of bright stars. Its least faint star is:

Notable deep sky objects


The French astronomer Abbé Nicolas Louis de La Caille created 13 constellations for the southern sky to fill some star poor regions, among them Antlia. It was originally denominated Antlia pneumatica (Latin for the air pump invented by Robert Boyle) which is why in English this constellation is also often called Air Pump.

It is interesting to note that no attempt seems to have been made to assign Bayer letters according to their apparent brightness.

There is no mythology attached to Antlia as La Caille discontinued the tradition of giving names from mythology to constellations and instead chose mostly names of instruments used in science.