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The Painter, The Painter’s Easel

Constellation of the southern sky

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Constellation FamilyLa Caille
Celestial QuadrantsSQ1, SQ2
Right Ascension04h34 to 06h52
Declination-42.8° to -64.2°
Area (sq deg)247
Brightest StarAlpha Pictoris
Optimum VisibilityDecember / January (Usually visible from southern latitudes)
Map of Pictor Map of Pictor

A small and faint constellation lying between the brilliant star Canopus and the Small Magellanic Cloud. Though it contains few bright stars or other objects, it contains the galaxy Pictor A, which is a relatively strong radio source.


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