β2 Scorpii (beta2 Scorpii)
β2 Scorpii is a variable and multiple main-sequence star in the constellation of Scorpius.
β2 Scorpii visual magnitude is 4.92. Because of its moderate brightness, β2 Scorpii 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 β2 Scorpii:
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of β2 Scorpii
β2 Scorpii 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 β2 Scorpii are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky map below shows the position of β2 Scorpii in the sky:
Visibility of β2 Scorpii from your location
Today's β2 Scorpii (beta2 Scorpii) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):
Digitized Sky Survey image of β2 Scorpii
The image below is a photograph of β2 Scorpii 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 β2 Scorpii is -0.019 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.02 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.
Distance of β2 Scorpii from the Sun and relative movement
β2 Scorpii is distant 1,131.94 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 4 kilometers per second.
Spectral properties of β2 Scorpii
β2 Scorpii belongs to spectral class B2 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a main-sequence star.
The red dot in the diagram below shows where β2 Scorpii is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.
β2 Scorpii star system properties
β2 Scorpii 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 β2 Scorpii double sysyem: