Pictor


Pictor


English namePainter's Easel

Major
stars
alpha Pictorismagn. 3,3RA: 06h 48m 11.46sDec: -61 56' 29.6"

DescriptionWeak constellation situated to the west of Canopus, the principal star of Carina.
It doesn't contain any interesting objects.

Mythology
and history
The constellation was drawn by Nicolas Louis de La Caille in 1756. At first the French astronomer called it Equuleus Pictoris, that is painter's easel (on the contrary, Pictor simply means painter).


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