The Bird of Paradise

Abbreviation: Aps
Genitive: Apodis

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At the end of the sixteenth century the observations of Dutch explorers Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman allowed Dutch astronomer Petrus Plancius to create this constellation. The name is derived from the Greek word meaning 'without feet' which referred to the mistaken Western belief that the bird of paradise had no feet!

Notable Features

Designation Name Description
C107 A medium-size telescope will resolve this globular cluster into individual stars.