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
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)
γ-Pic (mag 4.5)
δ-Pic (mag 4.7)
HD 42540 (mag 5.0)
η²-Pic (mag 5.1)
HD 39640 (mag 5.2)
61-Pic (mag 5.2)
HD 40292 (mag 5.3)
λ-Pic (mag 5.3)
HD 38871 (mag 5.3)
η¹-Pic (mag 5.4)
ζ-Pic (mag 5.4)
HD 36553 (mag 5.5)
ι-Pic (mag 5.6)
ν-Pic (mag 5.6)
μ-Pic (mag 5.6)
HD 41214 (mag 5.7)
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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