Delta Pyxidis

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Delta Pyxidis
Diagram showing star positions and boundaries of the Pyxis constellation and its surroundings
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Location of δ Pyxidis (circled)
Observation data
Epoch J2000.0      Equinox J2000.0
Constellation Pyxis
Right ascension 08h 55m 31.52s
Declination −27° 40' 53.9"
Apparent magnitude (V) +4.87
Distance 226 ly
(69 pc)
Spectral type A3IV
Other designations
δ Pyxidis, δ Pyx, Delta Pyx, CCDM J08555-2741A, CPD−27  3497, GC 12343, HD 76483, HIP 43825, HR 3556, IDS 08512-2718 A, PPM 255378, SAO 176697, WDS J08555-2741A

Delta Pyxidis (Delta Pyx, δ Pyxidis, δ Pyx) is multiple star system in constellation of Pyxis, with an apparent magnitude of +4.87. The primary component is a white A-type subgiant. It is approximately 226 light years from Earth.

Delta Pyxidis is moving through the Galaxy at a speed of 41.8 km/s relative to the Sun. Its projected Galactic orbit carries it between 18,800 and 31,400 light years from the center of the Galaxy.[1]

Naming[edit]

In Chinese, 天狗 (Tiān Gǒu), meaning Celestial Dog, refers to an asterism consisting of δ Pyxidis, e Velorum, f Velorum, β Pyxidis, α Pyxidis and γ Pyxidis. Consequently, δ Pyxidis itself is known as 天狗七 (Tiān Gǒu qī, English: the Seventh Star of Celestial Dog.)[2]

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