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2 Canum Venaticorum

Altitude: 71.7°   Azimuth: 117.8°   Direction: East-South-East

2 Canum Venaticorum is a double giant star in the constellation of Canes Venatici.

2 Canum Venaticorum visual magnitude is 5.66. Because of its reltive faintness, 2 Canum Venaticorum should be visible only from locations with dark skies, while it is not visible at all from skies affected by light pollution.

The proper motion of 2 Canum Venaticorum is 0.017 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.032 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 2 Canum Venaticorum star
DSS2 image of 2 Canum Venaticorum. The red arrow shows the motion of 2 Canum Venaticorum during the next 10000 years (2.83 arcmin in Right Ascension and -5.33 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about 2 Canum Venaticorum


2 Canum Venaticorum is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 71.7°
Azimuth: 117.8°
Direction: East-South-East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 2 Canum Venaticorum

2 Canum Venaticorum is situated north of the celestial equator, as such, it is more easily visible from the northern hemisphere. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of 2 Canum Venaticorum are provided in the following table:

12h 16m 07s
+40° 39’ 37”
Canes Venatici

The simplified sky map below shows the position of 2 Canum Venaticorum in the sky:

Finder chart 2 Canum Venaticorum star
Simplified finder chart for 2 Canum Venaticorum.

Visibility of 2 Canum Venaticorum from your location

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

2 Canum Venaticorum is circumpolar and transits at 01:26 UTC (altitude: 79.2°)

Distance of 2 Canum Venaticorum from the Sun and relative movement

2 Canum Venaticorum is distant 833.76 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 16 kilometers per second.

255.75 pc
833.76 ly
-16 km/s
0.017 arcsec/year
-0.032 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 2 Canum Venaticorum

2 Canum Venaticorum belongs to spectral class M1 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where 2 Canum Venaticorum is situated in the Hertzsprungā€“Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 2 Canum Venaticorum. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

2 Canum Venaticorum star system properties

2 Canum Venaticorum is a visual double star which can be observed with the help of small or medium telescopes. The table below shows key information about the 2 Canum Venaticorum double sysyem:

11.4 arcsec

Alternative designations of 2 Canum Venaticorum

2 Canum Venaticorum