:"This article refers to the constellation "Pictor". For the Roman historian, please refer to the Quintus Fabius Pictor article."

Infobox Constellation
name = Pictor
abbreviation = Pic
genitive = Pictoris
symbology = the Easel
RA = 4h 32m ~ 6h 51m
dec= −43 ~ −64
areatotal = 247
arearank = 59th
numbermainstars = 3
numberbfstars = 15
numberstarsplanets = 2
numberbrightstars = none
numbernearbystars = 2
brighteststarname = α Pic
starmagnitude = +3.30
neareststarname = Kapteyn's Star
stardistance = 12.78
numbermessierobjects = none
meteorshowers = none
bordering =Caelum
latmax = 26
latmin = 90
month = January

Pictor (pronEng|ˈpɪktɚ, _la. easel) is one of the minor southern (declination −50° to −60°) constellations.

Pictor is a small, faint constellation located between brilliant Canopus and the Large Magellanic Cloud.

Pictor has attracted attention in recent years because of its second-brightest star β Pictoris, 62.9 light-years distant, which is surrounded by an unusual dust disk rich in carbon.

Kapteyn's Star, a nearby red dwarf at the distance of 12.78 light years, is the closest halo star known.


Pictor was invented and named by Abbé Nicolas Louis de Lacaille — noted for his catalogue of nearly 10,000 southern stars, including 42 nebulous objects — in the 17th century. The constellation has no known pre-18th century mythology surrounding it.


*"Pictor" literally means "painter". The name is an abbreviation of "Equuleus Pictoris", "painter's easel".


* Ian Ridpath and Wil Tirion (2007). "Stars and Planets Guide", Collins, London. ISBN 978-0007251209. Princeton University Press, Princeton. ISBN 978-0691135564.

External links

* [http://www.ianridpath.com/startales/pictor.htm Star Tales – Pictor]
* [http://www.stargazing.net/david/constel/constel/pictor.html Pictor @ Stargazing]

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