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α Pictoris (alpha Pictoris)

Altitude: -47.8°   Azimuth: 136.4°   Direction: South-East

α Pictoris is a sub-giant star in the constellation of Pictor.

α Pictoris visual magnitude is 3.27. Because of its moderate brightness, α Pictoris should be easily visible from locations with dark skyes, while it can be barely visible, or not visible at all, from skyes affected by light pollution.

The proper motion of α Pictoris is -0.069 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.269 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of α Pictoris (alpha Pictoris) star
DSS2 image of α Pictoris. The red arrow shows the motion of α Pictoris during the next 1000 years (-1.15 arcmin in Right Ascension and 4.48 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about α Pictoris


α Pictoris (alpha Pictoris) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -47.8°
Azimuth: 136.4°
Direction: South-East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of α Pictoris

α Pictoris is situated south of the celestial equator, as such, it is more easily visible from the southern hemisphere. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of α Pictoris are provided in the following table:

06h 48m 11s
-61° 56’ 29”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of α Pictoris in the sky:

Finder chart α Pictoris (alpha Pictoris) star
Simplified finder chart for α Pictoris (alpha Pictoris).

Visibility of α Pictoris from your location

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

α Pictoris (alpha Pictoris) is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt

Distance of α Pictoris from the Sun and relative movement

α Pictoris is distant 98.91 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 21 kilometers per second.

30.34 pc
98.91 ly
21 km/s
-0.069 arcsec/year
0.269 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of α Pictoris

α Pictoris belongs to spectral class A7 and has a luminosity class of IV corresponding to a sub-giant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where α Pictoris is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of α Pictoris. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of α Pictoris

α Pictoris
(alpha Pictoris)