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3 Scorpii

3 Scorpii is a variable giant star in the constellation of Scorpius.

3 Scorpii visual magnitude is 5.87. Because of its reltive faintness, 3 Scorpii 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 Scorpii:

5.87
Giant
3 Scorpii is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. Altitude: 0°.

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 3 Scorpii

3 Scorpii is situated south of the celestial equator, as such, it is more easily visible from the southern emisphere. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of 3 Scorpii are provided in the following table:

15h 54m 39s
-25° 14’ 36”
347.12°
21.51°
Scorpius

The simplified sky map below shows the position of 3 Scorpii in the sky:

Finder chart 3 Scorpii star
Simplified finder chart for 3 Scorpii.

Visibility of 3 Scorpii from your location

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

Today's 3 Scorpii rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 115.2°
Max altitude: 13.3°
Azimuth: 244.8°
3 Scorpii is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

Digitized Sky Survey image of 3 Scorpii

The image below is a photograph of 3 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 3 Scorpii is -0.013 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.022 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 3 Scorpii star
DSS2 image of 3 Scorpii. The red arrow shows the motion of 3 Scorpii during the next 10000 years (-2.17 arcmin in Right Ascension and -3.67 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 3 Scorpii from the Sun and relative movement

3 Scorpii is distant 455.31 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 9 kilometers per second.

139.66 pc
455.31 ly
-9 km/s
-0.013 arcsec/year
-0.022 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 3 Scorpii

3 Scorpii belongs to spectral class B8 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.

0.14
B8III
10941K

The red dot in the diagram below shows where 3 Scorpii is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 3 Scorpii. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of 3 Scorpii

SAO183914
SAO183914