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Pyxis

Quick Facts

Name:Pyxis
PICK-siss
Meaning:Compass
Abbreviation:Pyx
Genitive:Pyxidis
Visible in Latitudes:50° thru -90°
Viewing Season:Spring
Best Seen In:March, 9:00 pm
Transit Date:January 31
Right Ascension:8.93 hours
Declination:-31.0 degrees
Area:220.833 sq. degrees

Star Diagram

Star Diagram: Pyxis

About Pyxis

Pyxis, originally part of the old, large constellation Argo Navis, was named by Abbé Nicolas Louis de Lacaille during his stay at the Cape of Good Hope between 1751 and 1752. It was originally called Malus, the Mast, but Lacaille's interest in technology caused him to change it to the Pyxis Nautica, the Mariner's Compass, which was shortened to Pyxis.

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