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ι Pictoris (iota Pictoris)

Altitude: -17.8°   Azimuth: 198.0°   Direction: South-South-West

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

ι Pictoris visual magnitude is 6.42. Because of its reltive faintness, ι Pictoris 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 ι Pictoris:


ι Pictoris (iota Pictoris) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -17.8°
Azimuth: 198.0°
Direction: South-South-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of ι Pictoris

ι Pictoris is situated south of the celestial equator, as such, it is more easily visible from the southern hemisphere. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of ι Pictoris are provided in the following table:

04h 50m 56s
-53° 27’ 34”

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

Finder chart ι Pictoris (iota Pictoris) star
Simplified finder chart for ι Pictoris (iota Pictoris).

Visibility of ι Pictoris from your location

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

ι Pictoris (iota Pictoris) is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt

Digitized Sky Survey image of ι Pictoris

The image below is a photograph of ι 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 ι Pictoris is -0.092 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.081 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of ι Pictoris (iota Pictoris) star
DSS2 image of ι Pictoris. The red arrow shows the motion of ι Pictoris during the next 1000 years (-1.53 arcmin in Right Ascension and 1.35 arcmin in declination);

Distance of ι Pictoris from the Sun and relative movement

ι Pictoris is distant 104.55 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 10 kilometers per second.

32.07 pc
104.55 ly
10 km/s
-0.092 arcsec/year
0.081 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of ι Pictoris

ι Pictoris belongs to spectral class F4 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a main-sequence star.


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

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

ι Pictoris star system properties

ι Pictoris is a visual double star which can be observed with the help of small or medium telescopes. The table below shows key information about the ι Pictoris double sysyem:

12.3 arcsec

Alternative designations of ι Pictoris

ι Pictoris
(iota Pictoris)