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Corvus

Corvus constellation

Corvus. © 2003 Torsten Bronger.


Corvus (abbreviation: Crv), the Crow, is a small but fairly conspicuous southern constellation whose four main stars make up an easily distinguished quadrilateral. It lies south and west of Virgo and east of Crater.

 

NGC 4361
NGC 4361. Credit: Elliot Gellman and Duke Creighton/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF.

 

Among its premier deep sky objects are the planetary nebula NGC 4361, which is large and reminiscent of the Owl Nebula, with an easily seen central star (magnitude 10.3; diameter 45"; R.A. 12h 24.5m, Dec. -18° 47.1') and the extraordinary interacting galaxies known as the Antennae. See below for details of the constellation's brightest stars.

 


Stars brighter than magnitude 4.0
Star Visual mag. Abs. mag. Spectral type Distance (lt-yr) R.A. (h m s) Dec. (° ' ")
Gamma (Minkar) 2.58 -0.94 B8IIIpHgMn 165 12 15 48 -17 32 31
Beta (Kraz) 2.65 -0.51 G5II 140 12 34 23 -23 23 48
Delta (Algorab) 2.94 0.78 B9.5V 88 12 29 52 -16 30 55
Epsilon 3.02 -1.82 K2.5IIIaBa0.2 303 12 10 07 -22 37 11

 

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