Pyxis (Pronounciation:Picks-is, Abbrev:Pyx, Latin:Pyxidis) is a constellation, one of 88 constellations that the night sky is divided into. The sky is not divided up equally between the constellations. Pyxis takes up 220.833 sq. degrees of the night sky which equates to 0.54% of the night sky. The constellation gets its name as it name means The Compass . It was not one of the original constellations that had been devised by Ptolemy, instead it was created by Abbé Nicolas Louis de Lacaille years later.
Pyxis is a southern hemispheric constellation which means it can't be seen easily or at all from the northern hemisphere. The brightest star in Pyxis is Alpha Pyxidis. There are 3 Extrasolar Planets (Exoplanets) in this constellation that are detailed on this site.
There is no Greek Legend behind this constellation. It was created by Abbé Nicolas Louis de Lacaille to fill in the voids in the astronomical charts.There are no major meteor showers that radiate from within this constellation.
|Is a Zodiac Sign||No|
|Brightest Star||Alpha Pyxidis|
|Area||220.833 sq. deg.|
|Percentage of Night Sky||0.54%|
|Site Exoplanet Count||3|
|Meteor Shower Count||5|
|Bordering / Neighbouring / Surrounding Constellations||Hydra|
The map was generated using Night Vision, an awesome free application by Brian Simpson.
|Star||Distance (Lt. Yrs.)||Exoplanet Count||Declination||Right Ascension|
|HD 73256||123.17||1||-30d 02` 16.0||08h 36m 23.14|
|HD 73267||176.78||1||-34d 27` 37.0||08h 36m 17.85|
|HD 77338||132.91||1||-25d 31` 35.1||09h 01m 12.47|
As there's so many stars in the cosmos, not all the stars are listed here. The site has lots of stars not listed so if your star isn't listed and you know the Henry Draper or Hipparcos ID, type https://www.universeguide.com/star/ then followed by the HIPNNNNNN or HDNNNN where NNNNN is the number part of the name. The stars that I do list have either a traditional name, a bayer or other classification name.
|Star||Distance (Lt. Yrs.)||Declination||Right Ascension|
|AI Pyxidis||1254.47||-34d 37` 22.7||08h 46m 49.25|
|AK Pyxidis||696.93||-28d 38` 19.6||08h 48m 14.63|
|Alpha Pyxidis||879.15||-33d 11` 11.1||08h 43m 35.55|
|Beta Pyxidis||416.02||-35d 18` 29.9||08h 40m 06.14|
|Delta Pyxidis||247.28||-27d 40` 53.9||08h 55m 31.52|
|Epsilon Pyxidis||211.93||-30d 21` 55.0||09h 09m 56.41|
|Eta Pyxidis||231.81||-26d 15` 17.9||08h 37m 52.17|
|Gamma Pyxidis||207.35||-27d 42` 36.2||08h 50m 32.01|
|Kappa Pyxidis||560.42||-25d 51` 30.7||09h 08m 02.86|
|Lambda Pyxidis||192.09||-28d 50` 02.1||09h 23m 12.34|
|RZ Pyxidis||1217.03||-27d 29` 01.5||08h 52m 04.40|
|Theta Pyxidis||502.56||-25d 57` 55.5||09h 21m 29.60|
|TY Pyxidis||183.96||-27d 48` 58.3||08h 59m 42.75|
|VX Pyxidis||414.44||-34d 38` 02.6||08h 32m 58.51|
|XY Pyxidis||929.24||-35d 06` 49.6||08h 27m 59.43|
|Zeta Pyxidis||244.32||-29d 33` 39.1||08h 39m 42.49|