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γ Pictoris (gamma Pictoris)

γ Pictoris is a giant star in the constellation of Pictor.

γ Pictoris visual magnitude is 4.51. Because of its moderate brightness, γ 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 γ Pictoris:

γ Pictoris (gamma Pictoris) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of γ Pictoris

γ 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 γ Pictoris are provided in the following table:

05h 49m 49s
-56° 10’ 00”

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

Finder chart γ Pictoris (gamma Pictoris) star
Simplified finder chart for γ Pictoris (gamma Pictoris).

Visibility of γ Pictoris from your location

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

γ Pictoris (gamma Pictoris) is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Digitized Sky Survey image of γ Pictoris

The image below is a photograph of γ 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 γ Pictoris is 0.083 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.076 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of γ Pictoris (gamma Pictoris) star
DSS2 image of γ Pictoris. The red arrow shows the motion of γ Pictoris during the next 10000 years (13.83 arcmin in Right Ascension and -12.67 arcmin in declination);

Distance of γ Pictoris from the Sun and relative movement

γ Pictoris is distant 173.59 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 16 kilometers per second.

53.25 pc
173.59 ly
16 km/s
0.083 arcsec/year
-0.076 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of γ Pictoris

γ Pictoris belongs to spectral class K1 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


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

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

Alternative designations of γ Pictoris

γ Pictoris
(gamma Pictoris)