The Constellation Pavo

by Dominic Ford
Pavo Pavo
The constellation Pavo. Roll mouse over to see labels.
Source: Stellarium.

Pavo lies close to the south celestial pole, where it is circumpolar across most of the southern hemisphere, but appears highest in the midnight sky in the months around July.

It was among a dozen constellations introduced by Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman which celebrate rare or exotic animals, and first appeared on star maps in 1598.

It is home to one second-magnitude star, called Peacock, but no other stars brighter than mag 3.4.

Lying away from the Milky Way, Pavo does not have many bright deep sky objects, with the exception of the globular cluster NGC 6752.

Date First Appeared
1598 (Keyser & de Houtman)
Sky Area
0.9% of the sky
377.7 square degrees
Messier Objects
Pavo contains no Messier objects
Caldwell Objects
Pavo contains the following Caldwell objects: C93, C101.
Neighbors
The following constellations neighbor Pavo: Apus, Ara, Indus, Octans, Telescopium.
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Brightest Objects in Pavo

Stars Open Clusters Globular Clusters Galaxies
Stars Open Clusters Globular Clusters Galaxies
Peacock (mag 1.9) NGC 6752 (mag 6.3) NGC 6744 (mag 8.2)
β-Pav (mag 3.4) IC 4820 (mag 9.2)
δ-Pav (mag 3.5) NGC 6684 (mag 10.4)
η-Pav (mag 3.6) NGC 6753 (mag 11.0)
ε-Pav (mag 3.9) IC 4662 (mag 11.1)
ζ-Pav (mag 4.0) NGC 6810 (mag 11.2)
λ-Pav (mag 4.2) NGC 6943 (mag 11.2)
γ-Pav (mag 4.2) IC 4765 (mag 11.4)
π-Pav (mag 4.3) NGC 7020 (mag 11.5)
κ-Pav (mag 4.4) NGC 6876 (mag 11.5)
ξ-Pav (mag 4.4) IC 4845 (mag 11.6)
ν-Pav (mag 4.6) NGC 6872 (mag 11.6)
φ¹-Pav (mag 4.8) IC 4721 (mag 11.6)
HD 172555 (mag 4.8) IC 5052 (mag 11.7)
ρ-Pav (mag 4.9) NGC 6769 (mag 11.8)
O-Pav (mag 5.1) NGC 6782 (mag 11.8)
NU Pav (mag 5.1) NGC 6770 (mag 11.9)
υ-Pav (mag 5.1) NGC 6776 (mag 12.0)
φ²-Pav (mag 5.1) NGC 6699 (mag 12.0)
ω-Pav (mag 5.1) NGC 6721 (mag 12.0)
HD 188162 (mag 5.2) IC 4842 (mag 12.3)
HD 177389 (mag 5.3) NGC 7059 (mag 12.3)
μ²-Pav (mag 5.3) IC 4852 (mag 12.4)
HD 186219 (mag 5.4) NGC 6771 (mag 12.5)
σ-Pav (mag 5.4) NGC 6808 (mag 12.6)

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39.04°N
77.49°W
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