Delta Pavonis is a star in the southern circumpolar constellation of Pavo. It has an apparent visual magnitude of 3.56, making it a fourth-magnitude star that is visible to the naked eye from the southern hemisphere. Parallax measurements from the Hipparcos satellite yield an estimated distance of 19.92 light-years (6.11 parsecs) from Earth. This makes it one of the nearest bright stars to the Solar System.
Eons ago a huge planet circling that star broke up into millions of shards, which now circle it for millions of miles in any direction. Only in one sector can spacecraft traverse this region without encountering a cloud of asteroids so dense that safe passage is nearly impossible. The sector is called 'The Gauntlet'.