3 Centauri is a double main-sequence star in the constellation of Centaurus.
3 Centauri visual magnitude is 6.06. Because of its reltive faintness, 3 Centauri 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 3 Centauri:
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 3 Centauri
3 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 3 Centauri are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky map below shows the position of 3 Centauri in the sky:
Visibility of 3 Centauri from your location
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Today's 3 Centauri rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):
Digitized Sky Survey image of 3 Centauri
The image below is a photograph of 3 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 3 Centauri is -0.056 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.027 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.
Spectral properties of 3 Centauri
3 Centauri belongs to spectral class B8 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a main-sequence star.
3 Centauri star system properties
3 Centauri 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 3 Centauri double sysyem: