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Corvus 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 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.

Legend of the Constellation

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.

There are no major meteor showers that radiate from within this constellation.

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
Bordering / Neighbouring / Surrounding ConstellationsVirgo

Corvus Constellation Map

Corvus Constellation Star Map

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

List of Stars with Exoplanets in Corvus

StarDistance (Lt. Yrs.)Exoplanet CountDeclinationRight Ascension
HD 103774180.901-12d 06` 28.311h 56m 55.66
HD 10406768.711-20d 21` 09.911h 59m 09.92
HD 111031100.611-11d 48` 45.312h 46m 31.01

List of Named Stars in Corvus without Extrasolar Planets

As there's so many stars in the cosmos, not all the stars are listed here. The site has lots of stars not listed so if your star isn't listed and you know the Henry Draper or Hipparcos ID, type https://www.universeguide.com/star/ then followed by the HIPNNNNNN or HDNNNN where NNNNN is the number part of the name. The stars that I do list have either a traditional name, a bayer or other classification name.

StarDistance (Lt. Yrs.)DeclinationRight Ascension
3 Corvi191.86-23d 36` 08.512h 11m 03.88
31 Crateris3166.63-19d 39` 32.412h 00m 51.17
6 Corvi331.13-24d 50` 26.212h 23m 21.60
Alchiba48.72-24d 43` 43.612h 08m 24.75
Algorab86.86-16d 30` 54.312h 29m 51.98
Eta Corvi59.63-16d 11` 45.112h 32m 04.48
Gienah Ghurab153.63-17d 32` 31.112h 15m 48.47
Kraz145.67-23d 23` 47.812h 34m 23.23
Minkar317.90-22d 37` 11.312h 10m 07.53
R Corvi-19d 15` 21.812h 19m 37.87
RV Corvi656.26-19d 34` 40.212h 37m 40.73
SX Corvi298.14-18d 48` 00.912h 40m 15.02
TT Corvi923.98-11d 48` 43.512h 23m 18.90
TU Corvi217.88-20d 31` 38.512h 35m 58.77
VV Corvi257.43-13d 00` 50.112h 41m 16.02
Zeta Corvi415.49-22d 12` 57.012h 20m 33.71

Objects of Interest (Galaxies, Nebulas, Supernovas, etc) in Corvus

NameTypeDistanceDeclinationRight Ascension
NGC4038 Interacting GalaxiesInteracting Galaxies45-18:52.1012h 01m 53

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