|Corvus is one of the ancient constellations,
closely associated with Hydra and Crater.
In the sky it can be seen to the south of Virgo,
looking somewhat a squat diamond with two stubby wings.
In Greek mythology he was associated with
the god Apollo, for whom he worked as a messenger. Originally the
crow was white, but after bringing bad news to Apollo, the god turned the
crow's feathers black in a fit of rage. There is also a story about
how the crow was placed among the stars: one day Corvus was sent by Apollo
to fetch a drink from a stream in the cup (Crater), but on the way back
Corvus was distracted by some unripe figs. Corvus dallied by the
fig tree while the fruit ripened, but it took longer than he realised,
so brought back the snake in his claws as an excuse for his delay.
Apollo was angered at this and banished the crow to the sky with the cup
Corvi is also known as Al Chiba, which is Arabic for the crow.
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