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2 Centauri

Altitude: -61.3°   Azimuth: 293.7°   Direction: West-North-West

2 Centauri is a variable giant star in the constellation of Centaurus.

2 Centauri visual magnitude is 4.19. Because of its moderate brightness, 2 Centauri should be easily visible from locations with dark skyes, while it can be barely visible, or not visible at all, from skyes affected by light pollution.

The table below summarizes the key facts about 2 Centauri:


2 Centauri is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -61.3°
Azimuth: 293.7°
Direction: West-North-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 2 Centauri

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

13h 49m 26s
-34° 27’ 02”

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

Finder chart 2 Centauri star
Simplified finder chart for 2 Centauri.

Visibility of 2 Centauri from your location

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

Today's 2 Centauri rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 124.5°
Max altitude: 4.1°
Azimuth: 235.5°
2 Centauri is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

Digitized Sky Survey image of 2 Centauri

The image below is a photograph of 2 Centauri from the Digitized Sky Survey 2 (DSS2 - see the credits section) taken in the red channel. The area of sky represented in the image is 0.5x0.5 degrees (30x30 arcmins). The proper motion of 2 Centauri is -0.042 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.057 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 2 Centauri star
DSS2 image of 2 Centauri. The red arrow shows the motion of 2 Centauri during the next 10000 years (-7.00 arcmin in Right Ascension and -9.50 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 2 Centauri from the Sun and relative movement

2 Centauri is distant 177.27 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 41 kilometers per second.

54.38 pc
177.27 ly
41 km/s
-0.042 arcsec/year
-0.057 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 2 Centauri

2 Centauri belongs to spectral class M4 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where 2 Centauri is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

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

Alternative designations of 2 Centauri