Tuesday 19 September 2017 - 21:27:56 Posted by  Bobby

 Invention of Pictor

Pictor is 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.

 The Facts

  • Depiction: The Painter's Easel
  • Pronounced: PICK-tor
  • Genitive: Pictoris
  • Abbreviation: Pic
  • Highest in the Sky: December to February
  • Size Ranking: 59th
  • Coverage Area: 247 Sq. Degrees
  • Right Acension: 6 hours
  • Declination: -55°
  • Visibility: 25°N to 90°S

 Notable Objects

  • Dunlop 21: Double star
  • Kapteyn's Star: Star
  • NGC 1705: Galaxy
  • NGC 1803: Galaxy

 Best Viewed Objects/Stars

Beta Pictoris

 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.

Iota Pictoris

 A double star. The two components of magnitudes 5.6 and 6.4 are easy to separate with a small telescope.


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