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2 Scorpii

Altitude: -48.4°   Azimuth: 292.4°   Direction: West-North-West

2 Scorpii is a double main-sequence star in the constellation of Scorpius.

2 Scorpii visual magnitude is 4.59. Because of its moderate brightness, 2 Scorpii 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 Scorpii:


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

Altitude: -48.4°
Azimuth: 292.4°
Direction: West-North-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 2 Scorpii

2 Scorpii 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 Scorpii are provided in the following table:

15h 53m 36s
-25° 19’ 37”

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

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

Visibility of 2 Scorpii 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 Scorpii 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: 115.3°
Max altitude: 13.2°
Azimuth: 244.7°

Digitized Sky Survey image of 2 Scorpii

The image below is a photograph of 2 Scorpii 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 Scorpii is -0.016 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.025 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 2 Scorpii star
DSS2 image of 2 Scorpii. The red arrow shows the motion of 2 Scorpii during the next 10000 years (-2.67 arcmin in Right Ascension and -4.17 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 2 Scorpii from the Sun and relative movement

2 Scorpii is distant 433.51 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 10 kilometers per second.

132.98 pc
433.51 ly
-10 km/s
-0.016 arcsec/year
-0.025 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 2 Scorpii

2 Scorpii belongs to spectral class B2 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a main-sequence star.


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

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

2 Scorpii star system properties

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

2.3 arcsec

Alternative designations of 2 Scorpii