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β Doradus (beta Doradus)

Altitude: -40.2°   Azimuth: 216.6°   Direction: South-West

β Doradus is a variable supergiant star in the constellation of Dorado.

β Doradus visual magnitude is 3.76. Because of its moderate brightness, β Doradus 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 Doradus:


β Doradus (beta Doradus) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -40.2°
Azimuth: 216.6°
Direction: South-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of β Doradus

β Doradus 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 β Doradus are provided in the following table:

05h 33m 37s
-62° 29’ 22”

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

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

Visibility of β Doradus from your location

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

β Doradus (beta Doradus) is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt

Digitized Sky Survey image of β Doradus

The image below is a photograph of β Doradus 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 Doradus is 0.002 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.009 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 100000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of β Doradus (beta Doradus) star
DSS2 image of β Doradus. The red arrow shows the motion of β Doradus during the next 100000 years (3.33 arcmin in Right Ascension and 15.00 arcmin in declination);

Distance of β Doradus from the Sun and relative movement

β Doradus is distant 1,038.22 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 7 kilometers per second.

318.47 pc
1,038.22 ly
7 km/s
0.002 arcsec/year
0.009 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of β Doradus

β Doradus belongs to spectral class F6 and has a luminosity class of I corresponding to a supergiant star.


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

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

Alternative designations of β Doradus

β Doradus
(beta Doradus)