γ Pyxidis

Gamma Pyxidis is an orange giant with a radius of more than ten Suns. The star forms the northern point of the simple asterism: binoculars.

In the same field is zeta Pyxidis (h4120): 5.0, 9.6; 59, 51.3".

One and a half binocular fields east is lambda and epsilon.

Epsilon is a fine telescopic binary (H N 96)A-BC: 5.6, 9.5; 147, 17.7".

Exactly between lambda and beta is T Pyxidis, a white dwarf and recurrent nova. Usually a visual magnitude of 15.5, every so often eruptions occur on the surface which brings the visual magnitude up to around 7. This occurred in 1890, 1902, 1920, 1944, 1966, and lastly in 2011. In ten or fifteen million years the star will explode as a supernova.

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