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Delta Pavonis

Mouse cursor over Sky Map shows star labels. Cursor over the green "focus" marker reveals "distance view," where larger stars are closer. (Browser must allow scripts or be Javascript enabled to view these details. Sky Map view from "Stars in the NeighborHood" software)
Sky Position:
When you move your mouse cursor over the Sky Map, at left, you can see that Delta Pavonis is a moderately bright star in the southern constellation of Pavo (the peacock). For anyone who has never been south of the equator, this patch of sky might be unfamiliar.

Hover mouse cursor over distance scale to change from parsecs to light years.

View from Delta Pavonis toward Beta Hydri, the more distant Zeta Reticulae twins, and farther still to the galactic beacon, Canopus. (Sky Map view from "Stars in the NeighborHood" software)
  Alien Skies™:
The view from Delta Pavonis of one of its closest neighbors. Slightly farther away from us than Delta Pavonis is Beta Hydri (green "focus" marker; 6.44 pc from Sol, 2.37 pc from Delta Pavonis). In the night skies of Delta Pavonis, Beta Hydri would be comparable in brightness to our view of Sirius. Just beyond Beta Hydri are the twin suns, Zeta 1 and Zeta 2 Reticulae. These two stars are associated with the controversial Barney and Betty Hill alien abduction case. Comparably bright to Beta Hydri in those skies is Canopus, though Canopus is much farther away; it is one of the beacons of this sector of the galaxy and fictional home to Frank Herbert's planet Arrakis — Dune.

Looking back toward Sol from Delta Pavonis. (Sky Map view from "Stars in the NeighborHood" software)

  Alien Skies™:
Looking back toward home from Delta Pavonis, our sun is only a moderately bright star embedded in the distorted constellation of Ursa Major. The two "pointer" stars no longer point directly to Polaris from this vantage point. Also, our next-door neighbor, Alpha Centauri is embedded in the same constellation. Barnard's star, though slightly closer than Sol, is invisible to the naked eye in their night sky.

Our sun is tagged by the yellow focus marker when you hover your mouse cursor over the Sky Map. Cursor over either the yellow or green marker will reveal the distance view.