α Pictoris

Alpha Pictoris is a subgiant, white star, 99 light years away, with a visual magnitude of 3.2. It has a radius three times that of the Sun.

Alpha Pictoris is south-southeast of Canopus ten degrees (two binocular fields): binoculars.

A curious fact about alpha Pictoris is that should one happens to find themselves on Mercury, looking out over the starry skies, alpha Pictoris would appear to be the ‘South Pole’ star (according to Patrick Moore's book on Mercury). Of course should one find themselves on Mercury, they wouldn't be standing outside in -150º C enjoying the stars.

Two binaries share this space with alpha: mu Pictoris and DUN 27:
      mu Pictoris (h3874): 5.6, 9.3; 230º, 2.5".
      DUN 27: 6.5, 7.6; 233º, 34.4".


It's far easier to starhop from Canopus than by using Pictor's far-flung stars. So back to alpha Carinae and two fields to the west-northwest gives beta Pictoris.

Click on beta on the map to continue.

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