The Constellation Pictor

by Dominic Ford
Pictor Pictor
The constellation Pictor. Roll mouse over to see labels.
Source: Stellarium.

Pictor is a faint southern constellation which appears highest in the evening sky in the months around December.

It contains few objects of note: only one star brighter than fourth magnitude, and no deep sky objects brighter than twelfth magnitude.

The name ‘Pictor’ was given to this sky area by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille in 1756. It is a contraction of the Latin ‘Equuleus Pictorius’, meaning ‘the easel and palette’.

Date First Appeared
1756 (Lacaille)
Sky Area
0.6% of the sky
246.7 square degrees
Messier Objects
Pictor contains no Messier objects
Caldwell Objects
Pictor contains no Caldwell objects
Neighbors
The following constellations neighbor Pictor: Caelum, Carina, Columba, Dorado, Puppis, Volans.
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Brightest Objects in Pictor

Stars Open Clusters Globular Clusters Galaxies
Stars Open Clusters Globular Clusters Galaxies
α-Pic (mag 3.2) NGC 1705 (mag 12.6)
β-Pic (mag 3.9) NGC 1930 (mag 13.4)
γ-Pic (mag 4.5) NGC 1803 (mag 13.5)
δ-Pic (mag 4.7) NGC 2104 (mag 13.5)
HD 42540 (mag 5.0) NGC 2178 (mag 13.6)
η²-Pic (mag 5.1) NGC 2101 (mag 13.7)
HD 39640 (mag 5.2) NGC 2205 (mag 13.7)
61-Pic (mag 5.2) NGC 2297 (mag 13.8)
HD 40292 (mag 5.3) NGC 2221 (mag 13.9)
λ-Pic (mag 5.3) NGC 2222 (mag 14.2)
HD 38871 (mag 5.3) NGC 1680 (mag 14.4)
η¹-Pic (mag 5.4) NGC 2148 (mag 14.6)
ζ-Pic (mag 5.4) NGC 2008 (mag 14.6)
HD 36553 (mag 5.5) NGC 2087 (mag 14.7)
ι-Pic (mag 5.6) NGC 2152 (mag 14.8)
ν-Pic (mag 5.6) NGC 2007 (mag 14.8)
μ-Pic (mag 5.6) NGC 1998 (mag 15.2)
HD 41214 (mag 5.7) NGC 2115 (mag 16.1)
HD 45557 (mag 5.8)
HD 40733 (mag 5.8)
HD 45984 (mag 5.8)
HD 36734 (mag 5.9)
HD 39937 (mag 6.0)
HD 34347 (mag 6.0)
κ-Pic (mag 6.1)

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39.04°N
77.49°W
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