Constellation tour in Spring
Corvus (The Crow)

Date & Time: Feb 11 2000, 25:15 JST(+0900), 35min. Exp.
Optical: SMC PENTAX f=165mm F2.8, Aperture: F4.8, with Cokin Diffuser-1 filter
Auto-guided with TAKAHASHI EM-200 Equatorial
Camera: PENTAX 67
Film: Ektachrome E100S (+1EV pushed)
Location: Ooizumi vil., Yamanashi pref.

ASCII/Astroarts StellaNavigator
You can detect a small-distorted square formed from four stars with 3rd magnitudes just above the Hydra that is lying in spring southern skies. The square represents the constellation of Corvus, the crow. The square is positioned at southwest of Spica, alpha Virginis. This noticeable asterism has been taken an attention since ancient times, is called "The star of sail" in Japan. And the square has been called the "Spica's Spanker" in England, because you can find Spica by stretching the northern edge of the square eastward.
A Greek myth says that the crow had served Apollo, the crow could talk and had the silvered wings. But he was very clever and told a lie that wife of Apollo had an affair. Apollo got angry and he killed her, but became aware that was his lie. Apollo regretted intensely, and made the crow black and be in mourning for his wife.

Guide for Deep Sky Objects

NGC4027 .....Asymmetrical bared galaxy just SW of the Antennae
The Antennae NGC4038,4039 .....Famous colliding pair of galaxies in western Corvus, 63 million ly. away
NGC4361 .....Bright & small planetary nebula in the square of Corvus, 4300 ly, away



Copyright(c) 2000 by Naoyuki Kurita, All rights reserved.
To top page To Constellations index