n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - Pavo - a fanciful bird : deep-sky delights




The constellation Pavo the Peacock can be seen flying south of the constellations Sagittarius and the Southern Crown. The bird itself, long a symbol of immortality, does not fail to show off its true colours in spreading its tail for all to see. The brighter stars in this constellation closely resemble the shape of a peacock and it isn't difficult to see why a constellation should have been named after one of the most colourful land birds we know. Astronomers of old must have regarded the dance and extravagant, showy display, of the Peacock as special, hence it's prominence in the southern night skies.


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