Tuesday 19 September 2017 - 21:19:37 Posted by  Bobby

 Invention of Pavo

Pavo, which represents a peacock, is one of the 12 southern constellations invented in the late 16th century by the Dutch navigators Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman. The constellation's brightest star, Alpha Pavonis, magnitude 1.9 is also named Peacock.Being a modern constellation, there are no myths associated with it.

 The Facts

  • Depiction: The Peacock
  • Pronounced: PAH-vo
  • Genitive: Pavonis
  • Abbreviation: Pav
  • Highest in the Sky: July to September
  • Size Ranking: 44th
  • Coverage Area: 378 Sq. Degrees
  • Right Acension: 20 hours
  • Declination: -65°
  • Visibility: 13°N to 90°S

 Notable Objects

  • Alpha Pavonis: Double star
  • IC 5052: Spiral galaxy
  • NGC 6744: Spiral galaxy
  • NGC 6752: Globular cluster

 Named Stars

  • Peacock, Alpha Pavonis

 Best Viewed Objects/Stars

Kappa Pavonis

 A Cepheid variable star. It is a yellow-white supergiant that ranges between magnitudes 3.9 and 4.8 every 9 days and 2 hours. It lies about 540 light-years away.

Xi Pavonis

 A close double star with components of unequal brightness. It consists of a red giant of magnitude 4.4 and an 8th magnitude companion, both about 420 light-years away. With a telescope of small aperture, it may be difficult to pick out the fainter star in the glare around the brighter component.

NGC 6752

 A globular cluster, just visible to the naked eye and easy to see with binoculars or a small telescope. A telescope with an aperture of 3 in (75 MM) will resolve individual stars. The cluster has an apparent size about half that of the full Moon and lies 14,000 light-years away.


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