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Corvus, The Crow Constellation

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. The constellation gets its name as it 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.

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 brightest star in Corvus is Gienah Ghurab. 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.

Corvus Star and Deep Space Object Count

The number of stars that have been catalogued as part of the Hipparcos Star Catalogue from Corvus is 365. The number of stars that are of magnitude 6.0 or lower in the constellation is 18. The number of stars in the constellation that make up the outline is 5.

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.

Stars of Interest

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. The furthest star that can be located in the constellation is HIP 63067 which is located about 29651.21 Light Years away from the Sun.

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

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.

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.

Meteor Showers

There are 3 Meteor Showers that occur during the year within this constellation based on information gathered from Adam Mickiewicz University (Poland). The ones listed as the ones I've been able to find a date range for. For others if you have the time, you can visit the AMU site, obtains the SL value then use IMO tables to calculate the date. A lot of the Meteor Showers are weak and you need to do a lot of stargazing to spot them.

NameActivityPeak ActivityClosest Star
Daytime Beta Taurids5 Jun- 17 Jul28-JunElnath

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
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.

Corvus Constellation Map

Corvus Constellation Star Map

The map was generated using Night Vision, an awesome free application by Brian Simpson.

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

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

Meteor Showers

Daytime Beta Taurids Meteor Shower

Associated Comet2P/Encke
Max Activity Date28 Jun
Activity Period5 Jun- 17 Jul
Right Ascension82
Solar Longitude93.5
Alpha Radiant82
Zenith Hourly Rate10

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