Infobox Constellation
name = Antlia
abbreviation = Ant
genitive = Antliae
symbology = the air pump
RA = 10
dec= −30
areatotal = 239
arearank = 62nd
numbermainstars = 3
numberbfstars = 9
numberstarsplanets = 1
numberbrightstars = 0
numbernearbystars = 1
brighteststarname = α Ant
starmagnitude = 4.25
neareststarname = DEN 1048-3956
stardistance = 13.2
numbermessierobjects = 0
meteorshowers = None
bordering = Hydra
latmax = 45
latmin = 90
month = April

Antlia (pron-en|ˈæntliə, _la. pump, from Ancient Greek: "ἀντλία" - antlia, "bilge-water, filth") is a relatively new constellation as it was only created in the 18th century, being too faint to be acknowledged by the ancient Greeks. The IAU adopted it as one of the 88 modern constellations. Beginning at the north, Antlia is surrounded by the sea snake Hydra, the compass Pyxis, the sails (Vela) of the mythological ship Argo and finally the centaur Centaurus.

Notable features

Antlia is a faint constellation void of bright stars. The brightest star is α Antliae, a magnitude 4.25m orange giant.

Notable deep sky objects

*NGC 2997: Spiral galaxy of type Sc which is inclined 45° to our line of sight.
*NGC 3132: Planetary nebula, also called "Eight-burst Nebula" or "Southern Ring Nebula". At its heart is a binary star system.
*Antlia Dwarf: This 14.8m dwarf spheroidal galaxy belongs to our Local Group of galaxies. It was only discovered as recently as 1997. [ [ APOD: April 23, 1997 - Antlia: A New Galactic Neighbor ] ]


The French astronomer Abbé Nicolas Louis de Lacaille created 14 constellations for the southern sky to fill some star-poor regions, among them Antlia. It was originally denominated "Antlia pneumatica" and commemorated the air pump invented by the French physicist Denis Papin. [cite web |author= Star Tales |title= Antlia |url= |accessdate=2007-12-03]

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



* Ian Ridpath and Wil Tirion (2007). "Stars and Planets Guide", Collins, London. ISBN 978-0007251209. Princeton University Press, Princeton. ISBN 978-0691135564.

External links

* [ Constellation Antlia]
* [ WIKISKY.ORG: Antlia]
* [ Star Tales – Antlia]

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  • Antlia — Nombre Latino Antlia Abreviatura Ant …   Wikipedia Español

  • Antlĭa — (gr.), 1) Ausschöpf , Saugwerkzeug, Pumpe; daher Antlia pneumatĭca (Phys.), so v.w. Luftpumpe; Antlia sanguisŭga (Antlämon), Blutsauger, so v.w. Bdellometer; 2) unterster Schiffsraum; 3) Schöpf od. Saugrüssel …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Antlia — [ant′lē ə] n. [ModL Antlia (Pneumatica), lit., (air) pump < L antlia, water pump < Gr, bilge water < antlos, hold (of a ship)] a S constellation between Hydra and Centaurus …   English World dictionary

  • Antlia — Ant li*a, n.; pl. {Antil[ae]}. [L., a pump, Gr, ? hold of a ship] (Zo[ o]l.) The spiral tubular proboscis of lepidopterous insects. See {Lepidoptera}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Antlia — Antlia, Sternbild, s. Luftpumpe …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Antlia — Daten des Sternbildes Luftpumpe Deutscher Name Luftpumpe Lateinischer Name Antlia Lateinischer Genitiv Antliae Lateinische Abkürzung Ant Rektaszension 9h 27m bis 11h 06m Deklination …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Antlia — antliate /ant lee ayt /, adj. /ant lee euh/, n., gen. Antliae / lee ee / for 1, pl. Antliae / lee ee / for 2. 1. Astron. the Air Pump, a small southern constellation between Vela and Hydra. 2. (l.c.) Entomol. the proboscis of a lepidopterous… …   Universalium

  • Antlia — Historia o mitología Denominada Antlia Pneumática (máquina neumática) como el invento del físico inglés Robert Boyle del siglo XVII. Su nombre fue reducido en la protocolización de las 88 constelaciones por parte de la Unión Astronómica… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Antlia — /ˈæntliə/ (say antleeuh) noun (genitive Antliae) a constellation in the Southern Hemisphere near Hydra and Vela. {New Latin antlia (pneumatica) (air) pump, from Greek antlia bilge water, bucket; coined by N de La Caille, 1713–62} …   Australian English dictionary

  • antlia — n. [Gr. antlia, pump] (ARTHROPODA: Insecta) The spiral, tubular proboscis …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

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