Pav - Pavo the Peacock

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Intro and Visual description

Pavo the Peacock is one of four birds in the southern skies (cf. Grus the Crane, Phoenix, and Tucana the Toucan). Argos, who built the ship Argo Navis, was changed into a peacock by Juno.

One of the eleven southern constellations created by Pieter Dirksz Keyser and Frederick de Houtman in 1596. These were published in Plate Aaa of Johann Bayer, Uranographia (1603).

Special Stars:  Alpha-Pavonis, known to navigators as the Peacock star. Magnitude 1.9. 230 LY. 700 times brighter than the Sun.

"The Indian upon God," by William Butler Yeats, offers a metaphor about the Peacock and the stars in the last stanza.



Constellation Info

Abbr: Pav

Genitive: Pavonis

Size: 44 of 88

RA: 20 hours

Evening culmination (9 pm): August, September

Midnight Culmination: July

Decl: -65 degrees

Entirely visible from: S of 15° latitude

Partially visible from: between 15° and 33° latitude

Not visible at all from: N of 33° latitude


Bordering constellations:

Constellation - Names

Arabic: الطاووس

Chinese: 孔雀座

English: Peacock

French: Paon

German: Pfau

Greek: Ταώς

Hebrew: טווס

Italian: Pavone

Latin: Pavo

Russian: Павлин

Spanish: Pavo

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