The Air Pump

Antlia Constellation

Origin of the Constellation

The constellation of Antlia was created by Abbe Nicholas Louis de La Caille who mapped the stars of the southern hemisphere from the Cape of Good Hope in the years from 1751 to 1753. De La Caille named the constellation with the full name Antlia Pneumatica. He showed it on his 1763 sky chart as a pump of the type invented by the French physicist Denis Papin.


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Professor Emeritus
Dept. of Physics, Astronomy, and Engineering Science,
St. Cloud State University,St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498

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