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🌎  Observing from: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
🌅 Sunrise: 6:41  ☀️ Transit: 13:03  🌅 Sunset: 19:26

β Crateris (beta Crateris)

β Crateris is a giant star in the constellation of Crater.

β Crateris visual magnitude is 4.48. Because of its moderate brightness, β Crateris 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 β Crateris:

β Crateris (beta Crateris) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. Altitude: 11°.

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of β Crateris

β Crateris 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 β Crateris are provided in the following table:

11h 11m 39s
-22° 49’ 32”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of β Crateris in the sky:

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

Visibility of β Crateris from your location

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

Today's β Crateris (beta Crateris) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 112.8°
Max altitude: 15.7°
Azimuth: 247.2°
β Crateris (beta Crateris) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

Digitized Sky Survey image of β Crateris

The image below is a photograph of β Crateris 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 β Crateris is 0.003 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.1 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of β Crateris (beta Crateris) star
DSS2 image of β Crateris. The red arrow shows the motion of β Crateris during the next 1000 years (0.05 arcmin in Right Ascension and -1.67 arcmin in declination);

Distance of β Crateris from the Sun and relative movement

β Crateris is distant 265.91 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 6 kilometers per second.

81.57 pc
265.91 ly
6 km/s
0.003 arcsec/year
-0.1 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of β Crateris

β Crateris belongs to spectral class A2 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


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

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

Alternative designations of β Crateris

β Crateris
(beta Crateris)
11 Crateris
Gl 416.1