Corvus as depicted by Johann Bayer in his Uranometria (1603). Source image provided by www.RareMaps.com — Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps Inc.
|Corvus Constellation Profile
|Location: Southern Hemisphere
||Size/Area: 184 sq. deg.
||Size Rank: 70
|On Meridian: 9pm May 10th
||Best View (North): Spring
||Best View (South):
|Bordering Constellations: Virgo, Crater, Hydra
The Myth Behind the Constellation Corvus
The mythology of Corvus, “The Crow”, is linked with two other constellations in its vicinity; Crater “The Cup” and Hydra “The Serpent”.
Apollo was getting ready to make a sacrifice to Zeus when he sent Corvus to fetch a cup of water. When the crow got to the stream, a tasty-looking fig caught his eye. It was not yet ripe, so he decided to wait there until it was. He realized the delay would upset Apollo, so he found a snake and made up a tale about how he had been attacked by it. The god saw through the lie and banished the crow, the cup, and the serpent to the sky.
Corvus Constellation Points of Interest
Interesting stars and objects.
Bright Stars in Corvus
These are the stars in Corvus with a minimum magnitude of 3.0.