Pyxis constellation lies in the southern sky. It represents a mariner’s compass. It was one of the constellations created by the French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille in the 18th century. Lacaille originally named the constellation Pyxis Nautica, but the name was later simplified to just Pyxis.

Pyxis constellation lies in the southern sky. It represents a mariner’s compass. It was one of the constellations created by the French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille in the 18th century. Lacaille originally named the constellation Pyxis Nautica, but the name was later simplified to just Pyxis.

Pyxis

Pyxis

Constellations depicted in 1825: Noctua (the owl), Corvus (the crow), Crater (the cup), Sextans Uraniæ (the astronomical sextant), Hydra (the water snake), Felis (the cat), Lupus (the wolf), Centaurus (the centaur), Antlia Pneumatica (the air pump), Argo Navis (the ship), and Pyxis Nautica (the mariner's compass). Image credit: Sidney Hall/Richard Rouse Bloxam/Adam Cuerden/Public domain.

Constellations depicted in 1825: Noctua (the owl), Corvus (the crow), Crater (the cup), Sextans Uraniæ (the astronomical sextant), Hydra (the water snake), Felis (the cat), Lupus (the wolf), Centaurus (the centaur), Antlia Pneumatica (the air pump), Argo Navis (the ship), and Pyxis Nautica (the mariner's compass). Image credit: Sidney Hall/Richard Rouse Bloxam/Adam Cuerden/Public domain.

The unique planetary nebula NGC 2818 is nested inside the open star cluster NGC 2818A. Both the cluster and the nebula reside over 10 000 light-years away, in the southern constellation Pyxis (the Compass).

The unique planetary nebula NGC 2818 is nested inside the open star cluster NGC 2818A. Both the cluster and the nebula reside over 10 000 light-years away, in the southern constellation Pyxis (the Compass).

Pyxis: Named for compass - Formed from stars near Argos - Coming after ship.

Pyxis: Named for compass - Formed from stars near Argos - Coming after ship.

Representation of the constellation Pyxis (© Sergii Tsololo/Getty Images)

Representation of the constellation Pyxis (© Sergii Tsololo/Getty Images)

“Noctua, Corvus, Crater, Sextans Uraniæ, Hydra, Felis, Lupus, Centaurus, Antlia Pneumatica, Argo Navis, and Pyxis Nautica”, plate 32 in Urania’s Mirror

“Noctua, Corvus, Crater, Sextans Uraniæ, Hydra, Felis, Lupus, Centaurus, Antlia Pneumatica, Argo Navis, and Pyxis Nautica”, plate 32 in Urania’s Mirror

NGC 2818

NGC 2818

NGC 2613 spiral galaxy 60 million lights years away towards Pyxis constellation

NGC 2613 spiral galaxy 60 million lights years away towards Pyxis constellation

T Pyxidis

T Pyxidis

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