Pyxis

Tuesday 19 September 2017 - 21:32:53 Posted by  Bobby
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 Invention of Pyxis

Pyxis is a southern constellation lying on the edge of the Milky Way between Hydra and Puppis. Invented by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille in the 18th century, it represents a magnetic compass of the type used by mariners.

 The Facts

  • Depiction: The Magnetic Compass
  • Pronounced: PIK-sis
  • Genitive: Pyxidis
  • Abbreviation: Pyx
  • Highest in the Sky: February to March
  • Size Ranking: 65th
  • Coverage Area: 221 Sq. Degrees
  • Right Acension: 9 hours
  • Declination: -30°
  • Visibility: 50°N to 90°S

 Notable Objects

  • IC 2469: Galaxy
  • NGC 2613: Galaxy
  • NGC 2818: Open cluster
  • NGC 2818A: Irregular galaxy

 Best Viewed Objects/Stars

T Pyxidis

 A nova that has flared to 6th or 7th magnitude of five known occasions since 1890, the last in 1996.
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