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north SunriseRise: 7:40  
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Pavo (The Peacock) Constellation

Altitude: -51.6°   Azimuth: 139.0°   Direction: South-East

Pavo (pronounced ˈpeɪvoʊ) is the Latin name of a large constellation (in fact it extends itself for about 30 degrees across the sky) situated south of the celestial equator. As such, it is more easily visible from the southern hemisphere.

In English language this constellation is also known as "The Peacock" while in astronomical texts and literature this constellation is often abbreviated as "Pav" (according to the standard of the International Astronomical Union - IAU) or as "Pavo" (according to a naming convention used by NASA).

The Latin genitive of the constellation name is "Pavonis" (pronounced pəˈvoʊnɪs) and it is used to identify some of the brightest stars in this constellation based on the Bayer or Flamsteed star naming convention. For instance: α Pavonis (the brightest star of Pavo based on the Bayer catalog); or 23 Pavonis (the 23th star in the constellation of Pavo based on the Flamsteed catalog).

Pavo is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.
Available Resources for Pavo

Sky Chart of Pavo Constellation

Here we provide a simplified sky chart of the Pavo constellation. Alternatively it is possible to locate Pavo in the night sky using our Online Interactive Planetarium.

Chart of  constellation
This constellation image is derivatve work based on original work by IAU and Sky & Telescope magazine (Roger Sinnott & Rick Fienberg) CC-BY-3.0.

Visibility of Pavo Constellation

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Pavo is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt

The rise and set times provided here are just directional indications and they refer to a point approximately placed at the center of the constellation. In case of very large constellations (like Pavo actually is) these times can have little relevance.

Bright Stars in Pavo Constellation

The table below lists the top 20 brightest stars in the Pavo constellation. See also the complete list of 81 stars brighter than magnitude 6.5 (approximate) in the constellation of Pavo. Click on each star to see more details about it.

HR Number(*) Star designation Proper name Visual magnitude Color Notes
HR7790 α Pavonis Peacock 1.94 Variable; Multiple;
HR7913 β Pavonis 3.42
HR7665 δ Pavonis 3.56 Variable;
HR6582 η Pavonis 3.62
HR7590 ε Pavonis 3.96 Variable;
HR6982 ζ Pavonis 4.01 Double;
HR8181 γ Pavonis 4.22 Variable;
HR7074 λ Pavonis 4.22 Variable; Double;
HR6745 π Pavonis 4.35 Variable;
HR6855 ξ Pavonis 4.36 Variable; Multiple;
HR7107 κ Pavonis 4.44 Variable;
HR6916 ν Pavonis 4.64 Variable;
HR7848 φ1 Pavonis 4.76
HR7012 4.79
HR7859 ρ Pavonis 4.88 Variable;
HR8092 ο Pavonis 5.02
HR7875 φ2 Pavonis 5.12
HR7625 5.13 Variable;
HR7127 ω Pavonis 5.14
HR7881 υ Pavonis 5.15 Variable;
...go to the complete list of 81 bright stars in the constellation of Pavo

(*) HR stands for Harvard Revised Bright Star Catalogue, which is also known as the Yale Catalogue of Bright Stars.

Deep Sky Objects in Pavo Constellation

The table below lists the 20 brightest deep sky objects in the Pavo constellation. See also the complete list of 281 deep sky objects in the constellation of Pavo. The list includes objects from the Messier, New General Catalogue (NGC) and Index Catalogue (IC).

Name Type Magnitude
NGC 6752 Globular Cluster 6.28 (V)
NGC 6744 Galaxy 8.25 (V)
IC 4820 Galaxy 9.2 (V)
NGC 6684 Galaxy 10.45 (V)
NGC 6753 Galaxy 11.04 (V)
IC 4662 Galaxy 11.1 (V)
NGC 6810 Galaxy 11.22 (V)
NGC 6943 Galaxy 11.25 (V)
IC 4765 Galaxy 11.36 (V)
NGC 7020 Galaxy 11.48 (V)
NGC 6876 Galaxy 11.54 (V)
IC 4845 Galaxy 11.57 (V)
NGC 6872 Galaxy 11.59 (V)
IC 4721 Galaxy 11.63 (V)
IC 5052 Galaxy 11.66 (V)
NGC 6769 Galaxy 11.75 (V)
NGC 6782 Galaxy 11.84 (V)
NGC 6770 Galaxy 11.94 (V)
NGC 6776 Galaxy 11.99 (V)
NGC 6699 Galaxy 12 (V)
...go to the complete list of 281 deep sky objects in the constellation of Pavo