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Peacock is the α star in the constellation of Pavo
Peacock is the α star in the constellation of Pavo

Alpha Pavonis (α Pav / α Pavonis) is a star in the constellation Pavo. It is also known by the name Peacock. Image File history File links This is a celestial map of the constellation Pavo, the Peacock. ... Image File history File links This is a celestial map of the constellation Pavo, the Peacock. ... Jump to: navigation, search The Pleiades star cluster A star is a massive body of plasma in outer space that is currently producing or has produced energy through nuclear fusion. ... Jump to: navigation, search Orion is a remarkable constellation, visible from most places on the globe (but not always the whole year long). ... Pavo, being Latin for Peacock, is a southern constellation. ...


Alpha Pavonis has apparent magnitude +2.1 and is of spectral type B3. The apparent magnitude (m) of a star, planet or other heavenly body is a measure of its apparent brightness; that is, the amount of light received from the object. ... In astronomy, stellar classification is a classification of stars based initially on photospheric temperature and its associated spectral characteristics, and subsequenly refined in terms of other characteristics. ...


Coordinates (equinox 2000)


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The Southern Triangle (152 words)
It points down at a straight line of three almost equally spaced stars which form part of the constellation of Pavo, the Peacock, the brightest star of which is some distance below and a little to the left.
Alpha Pavonis or the Eye of the Peacock, as this star is called, marks the hour of 16 on our' clock
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It is thought that this is the direction in which the centre of the Galaxy lies, and that this represents the greatest "thickness" or concentra­tion of stars as seen from the earth.
Returning to the Cross and follow­ing the line of its axis upward, i.e., away from Achernar, beyond the zenith, one sees the distorted square of Corvus, the Crow, and close by, a very bright star which is Spica or Alpha of the Virgin.
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