From Universe Today: “The Corvus Constellation”


Universe Today

7 July , 2017

Welcome to another edition of Constellation Friday! Today, in honor of the late and great Tammy Plotner, we take a look at the “Raven” – the Corvus constellation. Enjoy!

In the 2nd century CE, Greek-Egyptian astronomer Claudius Ptolemaeus (aka. Ptolemy) compiled a list of all the then-known 48 constellations. This treatise, known as the Almagest, would be used by medieval European and Islamic scholars for over a thousand years to come, effectively becoming astrological and astronomical canon until the early Modern Age.

One of these constellation is the Corvus constellation, a southern constellation whose name in Latin means “Raven”. Bordered by the constellations of Virgo, Crater and Hydra, it is visible at latitudes between +60° and -90° and is best seen at culmination during the month of May. Today, it is one of the 88 modern constellations recognized by the International Astronomical Union (IAU).

Celestial map of the constellation Corvus, the Raven. Credit and Copyright ©: Torsten Bronger

As usual, this is a great blog post which I do not mean to poach, so I only give you an introduction. But you must visit the whole post to see all of the complexity.
The post is credited in honor of the late and great Tammy Plotner.

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