The Mariner's Compass

Pyxis Constellation

Origin of the Constellation

Pyxis is another one of the constellations invented by Abbe Nicholas Louis de Lacaille who mapped the stars of the southern hemisphere from the Cape of Good Hope in the years from 1751 to 1753.

As the Mariner's Compass, Pyxis should be seen as a magnetic compass, which is a device that would have been unknown to the Greeks and Romans of classical times. There is no mythology associated with the figure. It contains stars only of fourth magnitude and dimmer.  


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Professor Emeritus
Dept. of Physics, Astronomy, and Engineering Science,
St. Cloud State University,St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498

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