Adhara - ε Canis Majoris (epsilon Canis Majoris)
Adhara, also designated as ε Canis Majoris (epsilon Canis Majoris), is a double bright giant star in the constellation of Canis Major.
Adhara visual magnitude is 1.5, making it the 22th brightest star in the sky. Thanks to its high brightness, Adhara is clearly visible when observed from locations with dark skyes, and should be also quite easily visible from light polluted areas.
The table below summarizes the key facts about Adhara:
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Adhara
Adhara 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 Adhara are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky map below shows the position of Adhara in the sky:
Visibility of Adhara from your location
Today's Adhara - ε Canis Majoris (epsilon Canis Majoris) 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 Adhara
The image below is a photograph of Adhara 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 Adhara is 0.004 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.003 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 100000 years is represented with the red arrow.
Distance of Adhara from the Sun and relative movement
Adhara is distant 430.65 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 27 kilometers per second.
Spectral properties of Adhara
Adhara belongs to spectral class B2 and has a luminosity class of II corresponding to a bright giant star.
The red dot in the diagram below shows where Adhara is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.
Adhara star system properties
Adhara 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 Adhara double sysyem: