Pictor: The Easel


Pictor, The Easel

Pictor as depicted by its creator, Nicolas Louis de La Caille.

Pictor Constellation Profile
Abbreviation: Pic Genitive: Pictoris Origin: Lacaille
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.