Abbreviation: Â Pyx
English Name: Â The Compass
Genitive:Â Al Sumut
Hemisphere:Â Southern Hemisphere
Location:Â Between the constellations of Antia and Puppis.
Visible between latitudes: Â +50 and -90 degrees
Best season: Spring
Seen in three seasons:Â Winter, Spring and Summer.
Best seen in:Â March
Seen between:Â February and April
Right Ascension (RA):Â 09 hour
Declination (DEC):Â -30 degrees
Area (square degrees): Â 221 (65th)
Pyxis Â (The Compass)
- This constellation lies on the edge of the Milky-Way.
- Pyxis was originally part of the large constellationÂ Argo Navis. When the International Astronomical Union (IAU) officially defined the 88 constellations and their boundaries, they split Argo Navis into 4 parts:Â CarinaÂ (The Keel),Â VelaÂ (The Sail),Â PuppisÂ (The Stern), andÂ PyxisÂ (The Compass).
- No Messier Objects in Pyxis
Features of Interest
- T Pyxidis Â – Â 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;Â Pyxis, as it appears to the naked eye. (Lines have been added for clarity.)
- Sky Chart Â – Pyxis
- List of stars in Pyxis.
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