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The Crow

Constellation of the southern sky

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Constellation FamilyHercules
Celestial QuadrantSQ3, extending slightly into SQ2
Right Ascension11h58 to 12h58
Declination-25.4° to -11.8°
Area (sq deg)184
Brightest StarGienah
Optimum VisibilityApril
NotesCorvus is a constellation dating back to classical times, representing a crow sent by the god Apollo to collect a cup containing the water of life (and that cup is represented by the neighbouring constellation of Crater). Probably the most notable objects within Corvus are the Antennae Galaxies, a pair of galaxies some 45 million light years from the Milky Way, whose interactionn with one another to create tendrils of material spiralling into space.
Map of Corvus Map of Corvus
Relative Galactic Position of Corvus

Corvus lies in the direction of the distant Sagittarius Arm, but somewhat 'above' the plane of the Milky Way.

A small but bright constellation of the southern sky.


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