Lambda Pyxidis (HIP 46026)

Lambda Pyxidis is a yellow giant star in the constellation Pyxis. At 192 light years away, it shines at an apparent visual magnitude of 4.71. The iron abundance of Lambda Pyxidis is -0.09 (81.3% of the Sun). It is moving through the Galaxy at a speed of 36 km/s relative to the Sun. Its projected Galactic orbit carries it between 23,400 and 28,100 light years from the center of the Galaxy.

Sky position: RA 9h 23.2m, Dec -28 49.8'

Common designations: Lambda Pyxidis, HIP 46026, HD 81169

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Brightest stars in Pyxis:
(list all)

1

|    3.68

)   Alpha Pyxidis

2

|    3.97

)   Beta Pyxidis

3

|    4.02

)   Gamma Pyxidis

4

|    4.62

)   Kappa Pyxidis

5

|    4.71

)   Theta Pyxidis

6

|    4.71

)   Lambda Pyxidis

7

|    4.86

)   Zeta Pyxidis

8

|    4.87

)   Delta Pyxidis

9

|    5.05

)   HD 73752

10

|    5.19

)   HR 3512

11

|    5.24

)   Eta Pyxidis

12

|    5.42

)   HD 72310

13

|    5.59

)   Epsilon Pyxidis

14

|    5.61

)   HR 3362

15

|    5.74

)   HR 3479

16

|    5.75

)   HD 71801

17

|    5.86

)   HR 3513

Location of Lambda Pyxidis circled
Map detail from Stars of the Northern Hemisphere
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Galactic Orbit of Lambda Pyxidis

(compared to the Sun)

Eccentricity: 9.1% vs. 16.0%

Angle φ : -50.5 vs. 26.0

Semi-major axis : 7,907 pc vs. 8,686 pc

Semi-minor axis: 7,874 pc vs. 8,574 pc

Focus-to-center: 719 pc vs. 1,388 pc

Semilatus rectum : 7,841 pc vs. 8,464 pc

Perigalacticon: 7,188 pc vs. 7,297 pc

Apogalacticon: 8,626 pc vs. 10,074 pc
 


Some Tabulated XHIP Data for Lambda Pyxidis
(see also: SIMBAD)

Astrometry
2007A&A...474..653V
  Position Proper Motion
Right Ascension: 140.80140162 0.17 mas -122.50 0.80 mas/yr.
Declination: -28.83392308 0.17 mas 17.60 0.80 mas/yr.
     
Galactic Longitude: 257.25917300 -96.93 mas/yr.
Galactic Latitude: 15.03850612 -76.94 mas/yr.

Parallax: 16.98 0.24 mas


Spectrography

Spectral Type: G8.5IIIb Fe-1 1989ApJS...71..245K.

Radial Velocity: 10.20 0.80 km/s [A rating] 2006AstL...32..759G.

Iron Abundance [Fe/H]: -0.09 0.05 dex  1991ApJS...75..579L, 1990ApJS...74.1075M.
 



Photometry
 
band magnitude Abs. Mag.
U
B 5.60 1.75
V 4.71 0.86
R
I 3.91 0.06
J 3.32 -0.53
H 2.81 -1.04
K 2.71 -1.14

  B-V: +0.89       V-I: +0.80


Derivations

Heliocentric distance: 58.88 pc (1.4% margin of error)

Galactocentric distance: 7,413 pc

Transverse velocity: 34.5 km/s

3D heliocentric position and motion:

toward:   

Galactic center Galactic rotation North Galactic Pole
Position ( X, Y, Z) -12.5 pc -55.5 pc 15.3 pc
Velocity (U, V, W) -29.8 km/s -9.1 km/s -18.1 km/s

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