Position in the Sky

Musca was sort-of named by Abbé Nicolas Louis de Lacaille. In fact, this constellation has a long history of various names. It was first named Apis (the Bee) by Johann Bayer in 1603. Edmond Halley, of Halley's Comet fame, renamed it Musca Apis (the Fly Bee). Then, de Lacaille called it Musca Australis (the Southern Fly) to distinguish it from the Northern Fly. When the Northern Fly was merged with Aries by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) in 1929, Musca Austrailis was given its modern, shortened name.

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