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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 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.

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 0 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.

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
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 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

Corvus Constellation's Star Breakdown

Type Breakdown

KLight Orange Star 3,700 - 5,200k142
FYellow-White 6,000 - 7,500k87
GYellow 5,200 - 6,000k62
AWhite 7,500 - 10,000k35
MRed Dwarf Star <3,700k18
BBlue-White 10,500 - 30,000k5

Size Breakdown

IIINormal Giant143
VMain Sequence125
IIBright Giant4

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