|No star of the constellation exceeds the magnitude 3,5.
|Weak constellation of the southern hemisphere, to the north of Vela and to the east of Puppis. Its brightest stars are of fourth magnitude.
The only interesting object is T Pyxidis, a recurrent nova: it is normally of fourteenth magnitude, but sometimes it unexpectedly increases its brightness up to reach the magnitude 6. Eruptions were recorded in the years 1890, 1902, 1920, 1944 and 1966: it is probable therefore that in the future there will be other phenomena.
|The constellation was drawn by Nicolas Louis de La Caille in 1756. It represents the magnetic compass used by the sailors.