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26 Canis Majoris

Altitude: -62.6°   Azimuth: 334.0°   Direction: North-North-West

26 Canis Majoris is a variable main-sequence star in the constellation of Canis Major.

26 Canis Majoris visual magnitude is 5.92. Because of its reltive faintness, 26 Canis Majoris should be visible only from locations with dark skyes, while it is not visible at all from skyes affected by light pollution.

The table below summarizes the key facts about 26 Canis Majoris:


26 Canis Majoris is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -62.6°
Azimuth: 334.0°
Direction: North-North-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 26 Canis Majoris

26 Canis Majoris 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 26 Canis Majoris are provided in the following table:

07h 12m 12s
-25° 56’ 32”
Canis Major

The simplified sky map below shows the position of 26 Canis Majoris in the sky:

Finder chart 26 Canis Majoris star
Simplified finder chart for 26 Canis Majoris.

Visibility of 26 Canis Majoris 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 26 Canis Majoris 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: 115.9°
Max altitude: 12.6°
Azimuth: 244.1°

Digitized Sky Survey image of 26 Canis Majoris

The image below is a photograph of 26 Canis Majoris 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 26 Canis Majoris is -0.009 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.011 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 26 Canis Majoris star
DSS2 image of 26 Canis Majoris. The red arrow shows the motion of 26 Canis Majoris during the next 10000 years (-1.50 arcmin in Right Ascension and 1.83 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 26 Canis Majoris from the Sun and relative movement

26 Canis Majoris is distant 718.06 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 22 kilometers per second.

220.26 pc
718.06 ly
22 km/s
-0.009 arcsec/year
0.011 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 26 Canis Majoris

26 Canis Majoris 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 26 Canis Majoris is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 26 Canis Majoris. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of 26 Canis Majoris

26 Canis Majoris