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Avior - ε Carinae (epsilon Carinae)

Altitude: -21.9°   Azimuth: 189.3°   Direction: South

Avior, also designated as ε Carinae (epsilon Carinae), is a variable giant star in the constellation of Carina.

Avior visual magnitude is 1.86, making it the 38th brightest star in the sky. Thanks to its high brightness, Avior 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 Avior:


Avior - ε Carinae (epsilon Carinae) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -21.9°
Azimuth: 189.3°
Direction: South

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Avior

Avior 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 Avior are provided in the following table:

08h 22m 30s
-59° 30’ 34”

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

Finder chart Avior - ε Carinae (epsilon Carinae) star
Simplified finder chart for Avior - ε Carinae (epsilon Carinae).

Visibility of Avior from your location

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

Avior - ε Carinae (epsilon Carinae) is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt

Digitized Sky Survey image of Avior

The image below is a photograph of Avior 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 Avior is -0.026 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.

Image of Avior - ε Carinae (epsilon Carinae) star
DSS2 image of Avior. The red arrow shows the motion of Avior during the next 10000 years (-4.33 arcmin in Right Ascension and 2.33 arcmin in declination);

Distance of Avior from the Sun and relative movement

Avior is distant 631.78 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 2 kilometers per second.

193.80 pc
631.78 ly
2 km/s
-0.026 arcsec/year
0.014 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of Avior

Avior belongs to spectral class K3 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


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

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

Alternative designations of Avior

ε Carinae
(epsilon Carinae)