The Constellation Directory


"The Crow"


By IAU and Sky & Telescope magazine (Roger Sinnott & Rick Fienberg) [CC-BY-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Abbreviation: Crv
Genitive: Corvi
Constellation family: Hercules
Nearest constellations: Crater, Hydra, and Virgo
Right ascension: 12.46h
Declination: 13.33°
Visible between latitudes: +60° and -90°
Square degrees: 184
Luminary: Gienah (Gamma Corvi)
Named stars: Gienah, Alchiba, Minkar, Algorab
Notable deep sky objects: NGC 4362, Antennae Galaxies (NGC 4038 and NGC 4039)


Corvus by Alexander Jamieson

By Alexander Jamieson (United States Naval Observatory Library) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Corvus is a small constellation in the Southern Hemisphere that is best seen in May.


In Greek mythology, Corvus represents a crow or raven sent by Apollo to fetch water and bring it back to him. However, the crow wasted time eating figs instead of returning to the god immediately, and Apollo punished it with eternal thirst. The Greeks thought that this thirst was the reason why crows produce loud, rough caws instead of the sweeter songs of other birds.