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Illustrated Guide to Astronomical Wonders by Barbara Fritchman Thompson, Robert Bruce Thompson

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17Corvus, The Crow

NAME: Corvus (KOR-vus)

SEASON: Early spring

CULMINATION: midnight, 28 March

ABBREVIATION: Crv

GENITIVE: Corvi (KOR-vee)

NEIGHBORS: Crt, Hya, Vir

BINOCULAR OBJECTS: none

URBAN OBJECTS: none

Corvus is a small, mid-southerly constellation, ranking 70th in size among the 88 constellations. It covers 184 square degrees of sky, or about 0.5%. Because it lies in a star-poor region south and east of Virgo, Corvus is more prominent than its size and the magnitude of its brightest stars might lead you to expect. On a dark night, the distinctive trapezoid shape formed by its four brightest stars—all third magnitude—stands out clearly to the WSW (west-southwest) of first-magnitude Spica in adjacent Virgo.

Corvus the Crow is an ancient ...

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