Eta Pyxidis

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Eta Pyxidis
Diagram showing star positions and boundaries of the Pyxis constellation and its surroundings
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Location of η Pyxidis (circled)
Observation data
Epoch J2000.0      Equinox J2000.0
Constellation Pyxis
Right ascension 08h 37m 52.17s
Declination −26° 15' 17.9"
Apparent magnitude (V) +5.24
Distance 242 ly
(74 pc)
Spectral type A0V
Other designations
η Pyxidis, η Pyx, Eta Pyx, CCDM J08379-2615A, CPD−25  3792, FK5 2676, GC 11848, HD 73495, HIP 42334, HR 3420, IDS 08336-2554 A, PPM 254861, SAO 176189, WDS J08379-2615A

Eta Pyxidis (Eta Pyx, η Pyxidis, η Pyx) is multiple star system in constellation of Pyxis, with an apparent magnitude of +5.24. The primary component is a white A-type main sequence star. It is approximately 242 light years from Earth.

Eta Pyxidis is moving through the Galaxy at a speed of 32.4 km/s relative to the Sun. Its projected Galactic orbit carries it between 18,500 and 24,200 light years from the center of the Galaxy.[1]

Eta Pyxidis came closest to the Sun 2.1 million years ago when it had brightened to magnitude 2.54 from a distance of 67 light years.[1]