Pavo as depicted by Johann Bayer in his Uranometria (1603). Source image provided by www.RareMaps.com — Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps Inc.
|Pavo Constellation Profile
||Origin: Keyser/de Houtman
|Location: Southern Hemisphere
||Size/Area: 378 sq. deg.
||Size Rank: 44
|On Meridian: 9pm August 25th
||Best View (North): Summer
||Best View (South):
|Bordering Constellations: Octans, Indus, Telescopium, Ara, Apus
The Myth Behind the Constellation Pavo
Pavo, “The Peacock”, is a modern constellation created in the late sixteenth-century. As with most of their creations, Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman selected an animal to name their star group after.
In Greek mythology, the peacock was sacred for Hera. When Hermes killed Argus, the one-hundred-eyed giant, Hera placed the monsters eyes on the tail of the peacock.
Pavo Constellation Points of Interest
Interesting stars and objects.
Bright Stars in Pavo
These are the stars in Pavo with a minimum magnitude of 3.0.