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Corvus, The Crow Constellation Facts and Mythology

Corvus Constellation Star Map

Corvus (Pronounciation:Core-vus, Abbrev:Crv, Latin:Corvi) is a constellation, one of 88 constellations that the night sky is divided into. The sky is not divided up equally between the constellations. Corvus takes up 183.801 sq. degrees of the night sky which equates to 0.45% of the night sky. Corvus is the 70th largest in terms of size in the night sky.

The constellation name means The Crow . The constellation is one of the original constellations that was devised by the Ancient Greco-Egyptian astronomer Ptolemy who lived between 90 A.D. and 168 A.D.

There are 5 stars that make up the main constellation. The hipparcos satellite scanned and detailed 365 stars. There are 18 stars that can be seen with the naked eye in the constellation on a very clear night sky.

Corvus is not a member of the Zodiac group of twelve constellations that appear when the Sun sets. Corvus is an equatorial constellation that can be seen by countries nearest the Equator.

The distance to Corvus is not calculable because all the stars that make up the constellation are at various distances. The best answer for distance to Corvus is to calculate the average distance of the stars.

There are 3 Extrasolar Planets (Exoplanets) in this constellation that are detailed on this site. There is a dedicated page for exoplanets in Corvus. For a list of named stars, that is stars that don't start HD or HIP, please visit Corvus Star List Page.

There are no deep space objects that were identified by Charles Messier in this constellation. There are 1 non-Messier deep space objects that are covered on this site and the list is below.

The image at the top right of this page was generated using Night Vision, a free to use and download application by Brian Simspon.

Corvus Star Facts

The caveat of these stars are that they are catalogued on this site. If you know of a star that is nearer or further then do let me know in the comments and I'll add it to the site. The stars mentioned are from the Hipparcos catalogue or have been added because of their special status.

HIP 62951, Nearest Star

The nearest star to Earth is HIP 62951 which is roughly about 24.55 Light Years from the Earth. The nearest star to the Earth with an exoplanet is HD 104067 which is about 68.71 Light Years.

HIP 63067, Furthest Star

The furthest star that is located in the constellation is HIP 63067 and it is 29651.21 light years away from the Sun.

Gienah Ghurab, Brightest Star in Corvus

The brightest star in Corvus is Gienah Ghurab and is located about 69.24 light years from the Sun. The star has a apparent magnitude of 2.58 but an absolute magnitude of -0.79 when the star is viewed from a distance of 10 Parsecs or 32.6 Light Years. The star is only recognised as being Gamma Corvi rather than having Alpha status.

HD 109931, Dimmest Visible Star

The dimmest star that can be seen in Corvus with the naked eye is HD 109931. The dim star has an apparent magnitude of 6. The dimmest star that a person is able to see with their naked eye is 6.0 magnitude based on the table in the reference. Ref: University of Michigan.

LHS - 2520

LHS-2520 is a small insignificant star in the constellation but what does make it special is that it is the home of Krypton, the home planet of Clark Kent aka Superman. It was chosen by Neil deGrasse Tyson, the American Astronomer Personality and Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City. D.C. Comic asked Neil deGrasse Tyson to chose a star that Krypton could orbit and he chose this star.

Corvus was chosen as the constellation because the Smallville Crows are the American Football team for the town. LHS-2520 was chosen because it matched the criteria that Neil set for such a star. LHS-2520 has not gone supernova though. Its not known if there are any exoplanets in orbit round the star.

Constellation Legend

Corvus was the crow of Apollo. Apollo wanted fresh water for a sacrifice to Zeus but the crow did not return in time. Corvus used a Crater to fetch the water in. The crow stopped to wait for some figs to ripen before he could eat. Corvus, fearing for his life, made up an alibi story with Hydra but Apollo didn't accept it. Corvus was punished that his throat would become sore when figs were ripening. It was turned to black from white as punishment and a warning to others. It was placed in the sky.

Corvus Facts

Is a Zodiac Sign No
Brightest StarGienah Ghurab
Area183.801 sq. deg.
Percentage of Night Sky0.45%
Size Position70th
Hemisphere Equatorial
Site Exoplanet Count3
Meteor Shower Count3
Nearest StarHIP 62951
Nearest Star with Exoplanet(s)HD 104067
Brightest StarGienah Ghurab
Dimmest StarHD 109931
Furthest StarHIP 63067
Bright Star Count18
Hipparcos Star Count365
Main Star Count5
Messier Deep Space Object Count0
*Non-Messier Deep Space Object Count1
Bordering / Neighbouring / Surrounding ConstellationsVirgo

*Note: The number of Non-Messier Deep Space Object Count relates to how many are covered on this site not how many there are.

List of Deep Space Objects (Galaxies, Nebulas, Supernovas, etc) in Corvus

NameTypeDistanceDeclinationRight Ascension
Antannae Galaxies (NGC4038)Interacting Galaxies45-18:52.1012h 01m 53

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