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Mythology of the constellation Pavo

During the late 1590's, two Dutch navigators, Pieter Keyser and Frederick de Houtman, mapped several new constellations as they travelled South, the majority being named after recently identified birds and animals. A few years later Johann Bayer, the German astronomer, included these new star patterns in his Uranometria, published in 1603.

ApusThe Bird of Paradise
ChamaeleonThe Chameleon
DoradoThe Goldfish - originally this constellation was occasionally called The Swordfish
GrusThe Crane
HydrusThe Water Snake or Lesser Snake
IndusThe Indian - probably named in honour of American Indians encountered on early voyages of discovery
MuscaThe Fly - originally this grouping was named Apis, The Bee, but was changed to avoid any confusion with APUS
PavoThe Peacock
PhoenixThe Phoenix
Triangulum AustraleThe Southern Triangle - this constellation was referred to as early as 1503 by Amerigo Vespucci
TucanaThe Toucan
VolansThe Flying Fish
 

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