Pavo

Position in the Sky

Named Stars

Pavo was named by Johann Bayer. His inspiration to name this constellation as such, may have come from the mythological peacock that was sacred to Hera. Zeus' wife Hera, had suspected that her husband had fallen in love with the mortal Io and had changed his lover in a white heifer as disguise. Hera then asked Argus Panoptes, a giant with 100 eyes, to guard the disguised heifer. When Zeus found out the his lover was being guarded, he sent Hermes to kill Argus. After Hera found out of Argus' death, she distribuited his eyes all over the tail of the peacock.

Pavo borders on Apus, Telescopium, Indus and Octans.


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