Corvus Constellation Myths and Facts

Corvus: The Crow

Pronunciation: COR-vus
Corvus, The Crow
Corvus as depicted by Johann Bayer in his Uranometria (1603). Source image provided by — Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps Inc.
Corvus Constellation Profile
Abbreviation: Crv Genitive: Corvi
Origin: Ancient Location: Southern Hemisphere
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.
Name Bayer Name Magnitude Color Luminosity Distance
Gienah Gamma Corvi 2.58  Blue-White 373 suns 165 ly
Kraz Beta Corvi 2.65  Blue-White 188 suns 140 ly
Algorab Delta Corvi 2.94  Orange/White 48 suns 88 ly