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Tuesday 19 September 2017 - 08:24:18Posted 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.
Depiction: The Crow/Raven
Highest in the Sky: April to May
Size Ranking: 70th
Coverage Area: 184 Sq. Degrees
Right Acension: 12 hours
Visibility: 61°N to 90°S
Delta Corvi: Double star
NGC 4038 and 4039: Antennae Galaxies
NGC 4361: Planetary nebula
Alchiba, Alpha Corvi
Kraz, Beta Corvi
Gienah, Gamma Corvi
Algorab, Delta Corvi
Minkar, Epsilon Corvi
Best Viewed Objects/Stars
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.