α Pyxidis (alpha Pyxidis)
α Pyxidis is a variable giant star in the constellation of Pyxis.
α Pyxidis visual magnitude is 3.68. Because of its moderate brightness, α Pyxidis 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 Pyxidis:
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of α Pyxidis
α Pyxidis 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 Pyxidis are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky map below shows the position of α Pyxidis in the sky:
Visibility of α Pyxidis from your location
Digitized Sky Survey image of α Pyxidis
The image below is a photograph of α Pyxidis 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 Pyxidis is -0.011 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.011 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.
Distance of α Pyxidis from the Sun and relative movement
α Pyxidis is distant 844.56 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 15 kilometers per second.
Spectral properties of α Pyxidis
α Pyxidis belongs to spectral class B1 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.
The red dot in the diagram below shows where α Pyxidis is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.