Indus (Ind, Indian) is a constellation in the southern sky. Created in the late sixteenth century, it represents an Indian, a word that could refer at the time to any native of Asia or the Americas.

The constellation was one of twelve created by Petrus Plancius from the observations of Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman and it first appeared on a 35-cm diameter celestial globe published in 1597 (or 1598) in Amsterdam by Plancius with Jodocus Hondius. The first depiction of this constellation in a celestial atlas was in Johann Bayer's Uranometria of 1603. Plancius portrayed the figure as a nude male with arrows in both hands but no bow.

Alpha Indi (α Ind, α Indi) Indi is the brightest star in Indus. It is an orange giant of magnitude 3.1, 101 light-years from Earth. Beta Indi (Beta Ind, β Indi, β Ind) is an orange giant of magnitude 3.7, 600 light-years from Earth. Delta Indi (δ Ind) is a white star of magnitude 4.4, 185 light-years from Earth.

Epsilon Indi (ε Ind, ε Indi) is one of the closest stars to Earth, approximately 11.8 light years away. It is an orange dwarf of magnitude 4.7, meaning that the yellow dwarf Sun is slightly hotter and larger. The system has been discovered to contain a pair of binary brown dwarfs, and has long been a prime candidate in SETI studies (The search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) is the collective name for a number of activities undertaken to search for intelligent extraterrestrial life).

Indus is home to one bright binary star. Theta Indi (θ Ind) is a binary star divisible in small amateur telescopes, 97 light-years from Earth. Its primary is a white star of magnitude 4.5 and its secondary is a white star of magnitude 7.0

Bordering constellations
Microscopium | Sagittarius | Telescopium | Pavo | Octans | Tucana | Grus

Lists of stars by constellation
WallHapp Catalogue (WH)

WallHapp Catalogue (WH)