Pavo


Pavo


English namePeacock

Major
stars
alpha PavonisPavomagn. 2,0RA: 20h 25m 38.89sDec: -56 44' 06.1"

DescriptionWeak circumpolar constellation, surrounded by some weak constellations as well. The only remarkable star is alpha Pavonis, which has the same name of the constellation, a blue star of second magnitude.

Interesting is also NGC 6752, a big globular cluster of seventh magnitude situated in the northern zone, observable with modest instruments.


Mythology
and history
The constellation was drawn by the Dutch navigators Pieters Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederik de Houtman towards the end of the XVI century. It represents the bird of which it has the name.


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