Baten Kaitos - ζ Ceti (zeta Ceti)
Baten Kaitos, also designated as ζ Ceti (zeta Ceti), is a variable and double hypergiant star in the constellation of Cetus.
Baten Kaitos visual magnitude is 3.73. Because of its moderate brightness, Baten Kaitos should be easily visible from locations with dark skyes, while it can be barely visible, or not visible at all, from skyes affected by light pollution.
The table below summarizes the key facts about Baten Kaitos:
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Baten Kaitos
Baten Kaitos 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 Baten Kaitos are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky map below shows the position of Baten Kaitos in the sky:
Visibility of Baten Kaitos from your location
Digitized Sky Survey image of Baten Kaitos
The image below is a photograph of Baten Kaitos 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 Baten Kaitos is 0.041 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.039 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.
Distance of Baten Kaitos from the Sun and relative movement
Baten Kaitos is distant 258.94 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 9 kilometers per second.
Spectral properties of Baten Kaitos
Baten Kaitos belongs to spectral class K0 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a hypergiant star.
The red dot in the diagram below shows where Baten Kaitos is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.
Baten Kaitos star system properties
Baten Kaitos 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 Baten Kaitos double sysyem: