α Pictoris (alpha Pictoris)
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 table below summarizes the key facts about α Pictoris:
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 emisphere. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of α Pictoris are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky map below shows the position of α Pictoris in the sky:
Visibility of α Pictoris from your location
α Pictoris (alpha Pictoris) is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Digitized Sky Survey image of α Pictoris
The image below is a photograph of α Pictoris from the Digitized Sky Survey 2 (DSS2 - see the credits section) taken in the red channel. The area of sky represented in the image is 0.5x0.5 degrees (30x30 arcmins). 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.
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.
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.