Pavo is one of the far southern constellations introduced at the end of the 16th century by the Dutch navigator—astronomers Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman. It represents the peacock of southeast Asia, which the explorers encountered on their travels. It lies on the edge of the Milky Way next to another exotic bird, the toucan (the constellation Tucana). In Greek mythology, the peacock was the sacred bird of Hera, wife of Zeus, who traveled through the air in a chariot drawn by peacocks.


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