Southern Hemisphere

This faint constellation lies next to Corvus on the back of Hydra, the water snake. It represents a goblet or chalice. Crater and adjacent Corvus feature together in a Greek myth in which the god Apollo sent the crow (Corvus) to fetch water in a cup (Crater). On the way, the greedy crow stopped to eat figs. As an alibi, the crow snatched up a water snake (Hydra) and blamed it for delaying him, but Apollo saw through the deception and banished the trio to the skies. Crater is larger than Corvus, but contains no objects of interest to users of small telescopes.

Corvus Corvi (Crv)

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Corvus is a small constellation south of Virgo. Its four brightest stars—Beta (b), Gamma (g), Delta (S), and Epsilon (e) Corvi—form a distinctive keystone shape. Oddly, the star labeled Alpha (a) Corvi, at magnitude 4.0, is fainter than these four stars. Corvus is one of the original 48 Greek constellations and represents a crow, the sacred bird of Apollo. It is linked in legend with the neighboring constellation Crater, the cup.

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