Volans, the Flying Fish, whose original name was Piscis Volans, is the kite-shaped figure just above center. Alpha Volantis is the brightest star seen just to the left of center, while Gamma Volantis (the constellation's brightest star) is up and to the right of center. Beta Vol is up and to the right of Alpha, while Delta is up and to the left of Gamma. Only 20 degrees from the South Celestial Pole, Volans is surrounded to the left by Carina of Argo. The fuzzy set of stars near the upper left edge is the cluster NGC 2516 in Carina. Photo by Greg Dimijian.

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