English Name: The Chained Maiden
Hemisphere: Northern Hemisphere
Location: Between the constellations of Cassiopeia and Pegasus.
Visible between latitudes: +90 and -40 degrees
Best season: Autumn
Seen in three seasons: Summer, Autumn & Winter
Best seen in: October/November
Seen between: August and December
Right Ascension (RA): 01 hour
Declination (DEC): +40 degrees
Area (square degrees): 772 (19th)
Pictor (The Painter’s Easel)
- It’s a small and faint constellation in the southern sky; located the bright star; Canopus and the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC).
- Four stars have been found to have extrasolar planets there.
- No Messier Objects in Pictor.
Features of Interest
- Beta (β) Pictoris – Magnitude: +3.9, blue-white star that astronomers have found surrounded by a disc of dust, thought to be a planetary system in the early stages. (Likely, new solar system formation.)
- Photo of the constellation; Pictor, as it appears to the naked eye. (Lines have been added for clarity.)
- Sky Chart – Pictor
- List of stars in Pictor.
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