Constellation of Pavo
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Pavo
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Image and text ©2008 Akira Fujii/David Malin Images.

In the picture above north is at the top and the image covers 29.9 x 37.4 degrees.
Image centre is located at 19:15:37.2, -60:11:53 (H:M:S, D:M:S, J2000) Astrometric data from Astrometry.net.

Pavo
Best seen in the early evening in September

Pavo, the Peacock, lies south of Sagittarius and Corona Australis, and is one of Johann Bayer's twelve constellations, introduced in 1603. It is one of several birds in the southern sky, including Apus, Grus, Phoenix and Tucanae. The legends say that the goddess of the heavens, Juno (the Greek Hera) ordered a hundred-eyed giant, Argos Panoptes, to keep his eyes on her errant husband, Jupiter. He ordered Argos slain and Juno transformed the 100 eyes into the Peacock's tail. These eyes are also meant to represent the starry sky.

The only named star in Pavo is Peacock, &alpha Pav, and the adjoining constellations are:
Apus, Ara, Indus, Octans, Telescopium.

Related images
AAT 111.      NGC 6752, globular cluster in Pavo
AATCCD 6.  NGC 6744, a Milky Way-like galaxy in Pavo

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David Malin, 2009 October 15