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β Arae (beta Arae)

Below the horizon.  Never rises today
Alt: -54.82°   Az: 121.06°   Direction: East-South-East

β Arae is a supergiant star of spectral class K3 in the constellation of Ara.

β Arae visual magnitude is 2.85. Because of its brightness, β Arae is clearly visible to the naked eye when observed from locations with dark skies, and should be also quite easily visible from light polluted areas.

β Arae is situated south of the celestial equator, as such, it is more easily visible from the southern hemisphere.

Image of β Arae (beta Arae) star
DSS2 image of β Arae. The red arrow shows the motion of β Arae during the next 10000 years (-1.33 arcmin in Right Ascension and -4.17 arcmin in declination);

Celestial Coordinates


17h 27m 20s
-55° 32’ 59”
16h 02m 56s


17h 25m 18s
-55° 31’ 48”

Galactic Coordinates


Finder Chart

Finder chart β Arae (beta Arae) star
Simplified finder chart for β Arae (beta Arae).

Magnitude, Color, Spectral Class



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

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

Distance, Radial Speed, Proper Motion

β Arae is distant 602.59 light years from the Sun

184.84 pc
602.59 ly
-0.008 arcsec/y
-0.025 "/y

Alternative Designations

β Arae
(beta Arae)

Visibility from Your Location

β Arae (beta Arae) is currently not visible from Greenwich, UK