Go Astr☾nomy


Pyxis Constellation
Constellation Pyxis

Pyxis, the Compass (Pyx)

The constellation of Pyxis, the Compass, is best viewed in the Spring season during the month of March for mid-northern latitudes. It's brightest star is Alpha Pyxidis at magnitude 3.68. The boundary of the Pyxis constellation contains 4 stars that host known exoplanets.

The naked eye can generally see up to magnitude 6 (magnitude 8 with perfect eyes under ideal super dark-sky conditions).

      1. Meaning:
      2. Compass
      1. Genitive:
      2. Pyxidis
      1. Abbreviation:
      2. Pyx
      1. Constellation Family:
      2. Heavenly Waters
      1. Best Viewing Month*:
      2. March
      1. Right Ascension (avg):
      2. 8h 53m
      1. Declination (avg):
      2. -29° 47'
      1. Brightest Star:
      2. Alpha Pyxidis (3.68m)
      1. Exoplanet Host Stars:
      2. 4

    * For southern latitudes, flip the season listed. For example, if a constellation is listed as best viewed in the summer in the month of July, in the southern hemisphere the constellation would be best viewed in the winter in January and would be upside-down.

    ** Circumpolar constellations are visible year-round in the hemisphere listed.



    Find your inner astronomer. Your complete guide to amateur astronomy.