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public LocationGreenwich, UK
Sunrise: 4:58 
Transit: 13:04 
Sunset: 21:09
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β Microscopii (beta Microscopii)

Below the horizon.  Rise: 0:03 | Tran: 2:26 | Set: 4:44
Altitude: -27.4°   Azimuth: 109.8°   Direction: East-South-East

β Microscopii is a main-sequence star of spectral class A2 in the constellation of Microscopium.

β Microscopii visual magnitude is 6.04. Because of its faintness, β Microscopii is visible to the naked eye only from locations with very dark skies, while it is not visible at all from skies affected by light pollution.

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

Image of β Microscopii (beta Microscopii) star
DSS2 image of β Microscopii. The red arrow shows the motion of β Microscopii during the next 10000 years (2.50 arcmin in Right Ascension and 2.33 arcmin in declination);

Apparent Coordinates

20h 53m 29s
-33° 05’ 01”
17h 44m 38s

J2000 Coordinates

20h 51m 58s
-33° 10’ 37”

Galactic Coordinates


Finder Chart

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

Magnitude, Color, Spectral Class



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

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

Distance, Radial Speed, Proper Motion

β Microscopii is distant 661.26 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 12 kilometers per second.

202.84 pc
661.26 ly
-12 km/s
0.015 arcsec/y
0.014 "/y

Alternative Designations

β Microscopii
(beta Microscopii)

Visibility from Your Location

Today's β Microscopii (beta Microscopii) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, UK are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 123.2°
Max altitude: 5.3°
Azimuth: 236.8°