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Tuesday 19 September 2017 - 21:27:56Posted by Bobby
Invention of Pictor
Pictoris one of the constellations representing instruments of science and the arts that were introduced in the 18th century by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille. It depicts an easel, and lies due south of Columba between the bright star Canopus in Carina and the Large Magellanic Cloud. Its brightest star is Alpha Pictoris, magnitude 3.2.
Depiction: The Painter's Easel
Highest in the Sky: December to February
Size Ranking: 59th
Coverage Area: 247 Sq. Degrees
Right Acension: 6 hours
Visibility: 25°N to 90°S
Dunlop 21: Double star
Kapteyn's Star: Star
NGC 1705: Galaxy
NGC 1803: Galaxy
Best Viewed Objects/Stars
A blue-white star of magnitude 3.9, lying 63 light-years away. Astronomers have found that it is surrounded by a disk of dust, thought to be a planetary system in the early stages of formation.
A double star. The two components of magnitudes 5.6 and 6.4 are easy to separate with a small telescope.