Pictor as depicted by its creator, Nicolas Louis de La Caille.
|Pictor Constellation Profile
|Location: Southern Hemisphere
||Size/Area: 247 sq. deg.
||Size Rank: 59
|On Meridian: 9pm January 20th
||Best View (North): Winter
||Best View (South):
|Bordering Constellations: Dorado, Volans, Carina, Puppis, Columba, Caelum
The Myth Behind the Constellation Pictor
Artistic and technical instruments are what Nicolas-Louis de La Caille named most of his constellation creations after, and Pictor, “the easel”, was no different. Originally titled le Chevalet et la Palette, French for “the easel and palette”, the name was Latinized to Equuleus Pictorius for his posthumously published work, Coelum Australe Stelliferum. For the British Association Catalogue, published in 1845, it was shortened to the current name, Pictor.
Pictor Constellation Points of Interest
Interesting stars and objects.
Bright Stars in Pictor
There are no stars in Pictor with a magnitude of 3.0 or brighter.