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β Indi (beta Indi)

β Indi is a double bright giant star in the constellation of Indus.

β Indi visual magnitude is 3.65. Because of its moderate brightness, β Indi 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 Indi:

3.65
Bright giant
β Indi (beta Indi) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of β Indi

β Indi is situated south of the celestial equator, as such, it is more easily visible from the southern emisphere. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of β Indi are provided in the following table:

20h 54m 48s
-58° 27’ 15”
338.16°
-38.85°
Indus

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

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

Visibility of β Indi from your location

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

β Indi (beta Indi) is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Digitized Sky Survey image of β Indi

The image below is a photograph of β Indi 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 Indi is 0.017 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.026 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of β Indi (beta Indi) star
DSS2 image of β Indi. The red arrow shows the motion of β Indi during the next 10000 years (2.83 arcmin in Right Ascension and -4.33 arcmin in declination);

Distance of β Indi from the Sun and relative movement

β Indi is distant 602.59 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 5 kilometers per second.

184.84 pc
602.59 ly
-5 km/s
0.017 arcsec/year
-0.026 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of β Indi

β Indi belongs to spectral class K1 and has a luminosity class of II corresponding to a bright giant star.

-2.68
K1II
4213K

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

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

β Indi star system properties

β Indi 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 β Indi double sysyem:

3.65
12.45
8.8
17.3 arcsec

Alternative designations of β Indi

β Indi
(beta Indi)
SAO246784
SAO246784