, from Ancient Greek
- 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
Antlia is a faint constellation void of bright stars. The brightest star is α Antliae
, a magnitude
Notable deep sky objects
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
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.