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Alshat - ν Capricorni (nu Capricorni)

Altitude: 15.5°   Azimuth: 135.8°   Direction: South-East

Alshat, also designated as ν Capricorni (nu Capricorni), is a double main-sequence star in the constellation of Capricornus.

Alshat visual magnitude is 4.76. Because of its moderate brightness, Alshat should be easily visible from locations with dark skies, while it can be barely visible, or not visible at all, from skies affected by light pollution.

The proper motion of Alshat is 0.019 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.019 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of Alshat - ν Capricorni (nu Capricorni) star
DSS2 image of Alshat. The red arrow shows the motion of Alshat during the next 10000 years (3.17 arcmin in Right Ascension and -3.17 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about Alshat


Alshat - ν Capricorni (nu Capricorni) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 15.5°
Azimuth: 135.8°
Direction: South-East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Alshat

Alshat 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 Alshat are provided in the following table:

20h 20m 39s
-12° 45’ 33”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of Alshat in the sky:

Finder chart Alshat - ν Capricorni (nu Capricorni) star
Simplified finder chart for Alshat - ν Capricorni (nu Capricorni).

Visibility of Alshat 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 Alshat - ν Capricorni (nu Capricorni) 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: 102.8°
Max altitude: 25.8°
Azimuth: 257.2°

Distance of Alshat from the Sun and relative movement

Alshat is distant 272.12 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 2 kilometers per second.

83.47 pc
272.12 ly
-2 km/s
0.019 arcsec/year
-0.019 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of Alshat

Alshat belongs to spectral class B9 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a main-sequence star.


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

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

Alshat star system properties

Alshat 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 Alshat double sysyem:

54.1 arcsec

Alternative designations of Alshat

ν Capricorni
(nu Capricorni)
8 Capricorni