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🌎  Observing from: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
🌅 Sunrise: 6:03  ☀️ Transit: 12:06  🌅 Sunset: 18:09

η Pyxidis (eta Pyxidis)

η Pyxidis is a double hypergiant star in the constellation of Pyxis.

η Pyxidis visual magnitude is 5.27. Because of its reltive faintness, η Pyxidis should be visible only from locations with dark skyes, while it is not visible at all from skyes affected by light pollution.

The table below summarizes the key facts about η Pyxidis:

η Pyxidis (eta Pyxidis) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. Altitude: 10°.

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of η Pyxidis

η 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 η Pyxidis are provided in the following table:

08h 37m 52s
-26° 15’ 17”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of η Pyxidis in the sky:

Finder chart η Pyxidis (eta Pyxidis) star
Simplified finder chart for η Pyxidis (eta Pyxidis).

Visibility of η Pyxidis from your location

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

Today's η Pyxidis (eta Pyxidis) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 116.3°
Max altitude: 12.3°
Azimuth: 243.7°
η Pyxidis (eta Pyxidis) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

Digitized Sky Survey image of η Pyxidis

The image below is a photograph of η 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 η Pyxidis is -0.02 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.006 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of η Pyxidis (eta Pyxidis) star
DSS2 image of η Pyxidis. The red arrow shows the motion of η Pyxidis during the next 10000 years (-3.33 arcmin in Right Ascension and -1.00 arcmin in declination);

Distance of η Pyxidis from the Sun and relative movement

η Pyxidis is distant 241.66 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 31 kilometers per second.

74.13 pc
241.66 ly
31 km/s
-0.02 arcsec/year
-0.006 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of η Pyxidis

η Pyxidis belongs to spectral class A0 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a hypergiant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where η Pyxidis is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

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

η Pyxidis star system properties

η Pyxidis is a visual double star which can be observed only with the help of very large telescopes. The table below shows key information about the η Pyxidis double sysyem:

16 arcsec

Alternative designations of η Pyxidis

η Pyxidis
(eta Pyxidis)