Tuesday 19 September 2017 - 08:24:18 Posted by  Bobby

 Mythology of Corvus

This small constellation south of Virgo represents a crow perched on the coils of Hydra, the water-snake. In Greek mythology, the crow was sent by Apollo to fetch water in a cup (represented by the adjoining constellation of Crater), but greedily stopped to eat figs instead. On its return, the crow blamed the water-snake for delaying it. But Apollo, who was not fooled by the lie, condemned the crow to a life of thirst, just out of reach of the cup in the heavens.

 The Facts

  • Depiction: The Crow/Raven
  • Pronounced: KOR-vuss
  • Genitive: Corvi
  • Abbreviation: Crv
  • Highest in the Sky: April to May
  • Size Ranking: 70th
  • Coverage Area: 184 Sq. Degrees
  • Right Acension: 12 hours
  • Declination: -20°
  • Visibility: 61°N to 90°S

 Notable Objects

  • Delta Corvi: Double star
  • NGC 4038 and 4039: Antennae Galaxies
  • NGC 4361: Planetary nebula

 Named Stars

  • Alchiba, Alpha Corvi
  • Kraz, Beta Corvi
  • Gienah, Gamma Corvi
  • Algorab, Delta Corvi
  • Minkar, Epsilon Corvi

 Best Viewed Objects/Stars

Delta Corvi

 A double star, with components of widely different brightness. The brighter star, of magnitude 3.0, has a 9th-magnitude partner, which is visible through a small telescope.

NGC 4038 and 4039 (The Antennae)

 A famous pair of interacting galaxies. They are small and of 11th magnitude, so a telescope of moderate to large aperture is needed to see them. Long-exposure photographs show two streamers of stars and gas that extend from the colliding galaxies like the feelers of an insect, giving rise to the popular name.


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