42 Ceti is a multiple giant star in the constellation of Cetus.
42 Ceti visual magnitude is 5.87. Because of its reltive faintness, 42 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 42 Ceti:
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 42 Ceti
42 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 42 Ceti are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky map below shows the position of 42 Ceti in the sky:
Visibility of 42 Ceti from your location
Digitized Sky Survey image of 42 Ceti
The image below is a photograph of 42 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 42 Ceti is 0.012 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.014 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.
Distance of 42 Ceti from the Sun and relative movement
42 Ceti is distant 394.20 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 14 kilometers per second.
Spectral properties of 42 Ceti
42 Ceti belongs to spectral class G8 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.
The red dot in the diagram below shows where 42 Ceti is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.
42 Ceti star system properties
42 Ceti 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 42 Ceti double sysyem: