The Peacock

Abbreviation: Pav
Genitive: Pavonis
Origin: Petrus Plancius

The constellation of Pavo

At the end of the sixteenth century the observations of Dutch explorers Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman allowed Dutch astronomer Petrus Plancius to create this constellation.

Notable Features

Designation Name Description
α Pav Peacock This star, the brightest in the constellation, was named by H.M. Nautical Almanac Office at the behest of the Royal Air Force.
C93 This is one of the largest globular clusters in apparent size as seen from Earth. Visible to the naked eye, it is better seen with optical aids.
C101 This spiral galaxy is considered to be very similar to our own Milky Way.