English Name: The Compass
Genitive: Al Sumut
Hemisphere: Southern Hemisphere
Location: Between the constellations of Antia and Puppis.
Visible between latitudes: +50 and -90 degrees
Best season: Spring
Seen in three seasons: Winter, Spring and Summer.
Best seen in: March
Seen between: February and April
Right Ascension (RA): 09 hour
Declination (DEC): -30 degrees
Area (square degrees): 221 (65th)
Pyxis (The Compass)
- This constellation lies on the edge of the Milky-Way.
- Pyxis was originally part of the large constellation Argo Navis. When the International Astronomical Union (IAU) officially defined the 88 constellations and their boundaries, they split Argo Navis into 4 parts: Carina (The Keel), Vela (The Sail), Puppis (The Stern), and Pyxis (The Compass).
- No Messier Objects in Pyxis
Features of Interest
- T Pyxidis – Re-current Nova with a faint magnitude at +16.0 minimum, sometimes reaches magnitude at +7.0 during its outbursts, which occur at between 12 and 25 years.
- Al Sumut
- Photo of the constellation; Pyxis, as it appears to the naked eye. (Lines have been added for clarity.)
- Sky Chart – Pyxis
- List of stars in Pyxis.
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