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38 Ceti

38 Ceti is a multiple main-sequence star in the constellation of Cetus.

38 Ceti visual magnitude is 5.7. Because of its reltive faintness, 38 Ceti 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 38 Ceti:

5.7
Main-sequence
38 Ceti is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. Altitude: 38°.

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 38 Ceti

38 Ceti is situated close to the celestial equator, as such, it is at least partly visible from both hemispheres in certain times of the year. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of 38 Ceti are provided in the following table:

01h 14m 49s
-00° 58’ 26”
136.01°
-63.25°
Cetus

The simplified sky map below shows the position of 38 Ceti in the sky:

Finder chart 38 Ceti star
Simplified finder chart for 38 Ceti.

Visibility of 38 Ceti from your location

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

Today's 38 Ceti rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 91.0°
Max altitude: 37.5°
Azimuth: 269.0°
38 Ceti is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

Digitized Sky Survey image of 38 Ceti

The image below is a photograph of 38 Ceti 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 38 Ceti is -0.012 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.201 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 38 Ceti star
DSS2 image of 38 Ceti. The red arrow shows the motion of 38 Ceti during the next 1000 years (-0.20 arcmin in Right Ascension and 3.35 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 38 Ceti from the Sun and relative movement

38 Ceti is distant 143.05 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 26 kilometers per second.

43.88 pc
143.05 ly
26 km/s
-0.012 arcsec/year
0.201 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 38 Ceti

38 Ceti belongs to spectral class F5 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a main-sequence star.

2.49
F5V
6776K

The red dot in the diagram below shows where 38 Ceti is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 38 Ceti. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

38 Ceti star system properties

38 Ceti is a visual double star which can be observed only with the help of very large telescopes. The table below shows key information about the 38 Ceti double sysyem:

5.7
12
6.3
114.1 arcsec

Alternative designations of 38 Ceti

SAO129196
SAO129196