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69 Ceti

Altitude: 1.5°   Azimuth: 91.3°   Direction: East

69 Ceti is a variable giant star in the constellation of Cetus.

69 Ceti visual magnitude is 5.28. Because of its reltive faintness, 69 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 69 Ceti:


69 Ceti is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 1.5°
Azimuth: 91.3°
Direction: East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 69 Ceti

69 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 69 Ceti are provided in the following table:

02h 21m 56s
+00° 23’ 44”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of 69 Ceti in the sky:

Finder chart 69 Ceti star
Simplified finder chart for 69 Ceti.

Visibility of 69 Ceti 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 69 Ceti 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: 89.6°
Max altitude: 38.9°
Azimuth: 270.4°

Digitized Sky Survey image of 69 Ceti

The image below is a photograph of 69 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 69 Ceti is -0.013 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.007 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 69 Ceti star
DSS2 image of 69 Ceti. The red arrow shows the motion of 69 Ceti during the next 10000 years (-2.17 arcmin in Right Ascension and -1.17 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 69 Ceti from the Sun and relative movement

69 Ceti is distant 1,309.24 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 23 kilometers per second.

401.61 pc
1,309.24 ly
23 km/s
-0.013 arcsec/year
-0.007 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 69 Ceti

69 Ceti belongs to spectral class M2 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where 69 Ceti is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 69 Ceti. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of 69 Ceti