Pavo Constellation | Constellations In The Southern Hemisphere

Pavo Constellation | Constellations In The Southern Hemisphere

PAVO CONSTELLATION – In this topic, we are going to know and learn about the southern constellation Pavo, the Peacock.

Image from: Star Registration

It is a constellation in the southern sky. Its name means “the peacock” in Latin. It was introduced by the Dutch astronomer Petrus Plancius.

Pavo is said to represent the Java green peacock, which was encountered by Dutch navigators Frederick de Houtman and Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser.

In Greek mythology, it was the sacred bird of Hera/ She drove through the air in a chariot drawn by peacocks.

The part of Pavo, known as “the Saucepan”, is used in Australia as a guide to finding the south. 

Pavo house the globular cluster NGC 6752, a pair of interacting galaxies NGC 6872 and IC 4970, the intermediate spiral galaxy Caldwell 101, the triplet of interacting and merging galaxies IC 4687, IC 4689, and IC 4686, the barred spiral galaxy NGC 6782

It is the 44th largest constellation and occupies an area of about 378 square degrees. It lies in SQ4, the fourth quadrant of the southern hemisphere.

Pavo belongs to the Johann Bayer family, along with Apus, Chamaeleon, Dorado, Grus, Hydrus, Indus, Musca, Phoenix, Tucana and Volans. There is one meteor shower associated with the constellation known as the Delta Pavonids.


Among the stars include:

  • Beta Pavonis
  • Delta Pavonis
  • Gamma Pavonis
  • HD 181433
  • Peacock
  • Phi-2 Pavonis

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