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β Pictoris (beta Pictoris)

β Pictoris is a main-sequence star in the constellation of Pictor.

β Pictoris visual magnitude is 3.85. Because of its moderate brightness, β 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 β Pictoris:

3.85
Main-sequence
β Pictoris (beta Pictoris) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of β Pictoris

β 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 β Pictoris are provided in the following table:

05h 47m 17s
-51° 03’ 59”
258.37°
-30.61°
Pictor

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

Finder chart β Pictoris (beta Pictoris) star
Simplified finder chart for β Pictoris (beta Pictoris).

Visibility of β Pictoris from your location

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

β Pictoris (beta Pictoris) is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Digitized Sky Survey image of β Pictoris

The image below is a photograph of β 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 β Pictoris is 0.011 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.085 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of β Pictoris (beta Pictoris) star
DSS2 image of β Pictoris. The red arrow shows the motion of β Pictoris during the next 10000 years (1.83 arcmin in Right Ascension and 14.17 arcmin in declination);

Distance of β Pictoris from the Sun and relative movement

β Pictoris is distant 62.85 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 20 kilometers per second.

19.28 pc
62.85 ly
20 km/s
0.011 arcsec/year
0.085 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of β Pictoris

β Pictoris belongs to spectral class A5 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a main-sequence star.

2.42
A5V
8403K

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

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

Alternative designations of β Pictoris

β Pictoris
(beta Pictoris)
SAO234134
SAO234134