We use cookies to deliver essential features and to measure their performance. By using this site you accept our Privacy Policies.
A Complete Guide to the Solar System and the Night Sky
Your support keeps us free & ad-free » Donate
public Observing fromLocation: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
SunriseRise: 6:57  
clear_day Transit: 12:11  
SunsetSet: 17:27
sunny DaytimeWhat's Visible Now?
All Constellations » Fornax » 

χ1 Fornacis (chi1 Fornacis)

Altitude: -17.0°   Azimuth: 126.9°   Direction: South-East

χ1 Fornacis is a variable sub-giant star in the constellation of Fornax.

χ1 Fornacis visual magnitude is 6.39. Because of its reltive faintness, χ1 Fornacis should be visible only from locations with dark skyes, while it is not visible at all from skyes affected by light pollution.

The proper motion of χ1 Fornacis is 0.029 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.007 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of χ1 Fornacis (chi1 Fornacis) star
DSS2 image of χ1 Fornacis. The red arrow shows the motion of χ1 Fornacis during the next 10000 years (4.83 arcmin in Right Ascension and -1.17 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about χ1 Fornacis


χ1 Fornacis (chi1 Fornacis) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -17.0°
Azimuth: 126.9°
Direction: South-East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of χ1 Fornacis

χ1 Fornacis 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 χ1 Fornacis are provided in the following table:

03h 25m 55s
-35° 55’ 14”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of χ1 Fornacis in the sky:

Finder chart χ1 Fornacis (chi1 Fornacis) star
Simplified finder chart for χ1 Fornacis (chi1 Fornacis).

Visibility of χ1 Fornacis from your location

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

Today's χ1 Fornacis (chi1 Fornacis) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 125.9°
Max altitude: 2.6°
Azimuth: 234.1°

Distance of χ1 Fornacis from the Sun and relative movement

χ1 Fornacis is distant 325.67 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 25 kilometers per second.

99.90 pc
325.67 ly
25 km/s
0.029 arcsec/year
-0.007 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of χ1 Fornacis

χ1 Fornacis belongs to spectral class A1 and has a luminosity class of IV corresponding to a sub-giant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where χ1 Fornacis is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of χ1 Fornacis. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of χ1 Fornacis

χ1 Fornacis
(chi1 Fornacis)