Constellation of Corvus and Crater
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Corvus and Crater
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Image and text ©2008 Akira Fujii/David Malin Images.

In the picture above, north is at the top and the image covers 32 x 40 degrees.
Image centre is located at approximately 12:13:01.9, -14:08:35 (H:M:S, D:M:S, J2000) Astrometric data from Astrometry.net.

Corvus and Crater
Best seen in the early evening in April

Corvus (the Raven or Crow) is a southern constallation of rather faint stars. It occupies about 184 square degrees, which makes it the 70th largest constellation (out of 88 recognised today). However, it is ancient, and is associated with Crater (the Cup) and Hydrus, the water snake, on whose back Corvus sits. The grouping was recognised by Ptolemy almost 2000 years ago.
Crater (Latin for cup) was also recognised by Ptolemy and covering 282 square degrees is larger than Corvus but is no more distinguished. The cup shape outlined above is barely noticable to the eye.

Named stars in Corvus and Crater:: (Greek alphabet)
Alchiba (α Crv), Algorab (δ Crv), Alkes (α Crt), Gienah Ghurab (γ Crv), Kraz (β Crv), Minkar (ε Crv).

Constellations adjoining Corvus:   Crater, Hydra, Virgo.
Constellations adjoining Crater:     Corvus, Hydra, Leo, Virgo, Sextans.

Related images (other sources)
AAT 41   NGC 4027, a Magellanic-type spiral galaxy
AAT 65   NGC 4038-39, the Antenna, interacting galaxies

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David Malin, 2009 October 15