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χ2 Fornacis (chi2 Fornacis)

Altitude: -38.3°   Azimuth: 258.4°   Direction: West-South-West

χ2 Fornacis is a giant star in the constellation of Fornax.

χ2 Fornacis visual magnitude is 5.71. Because of its reltive faintness, χ2 Fornacis should be visible only from locations with dark skies, while it is not visible at all from skies affected by light pollution.

The proper motion of χ2 Fornacis is 0.081 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.002 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of χ2 Fornacis (chi2 Fornacis) star
DSS2 image of χ2 Fornacis. The red arrow shows the motion of χ2 Fornacis during the next 10000 years (13.50 arcmin in Right Ascension and 0.33 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about χ2 Fornacis


χ2 Fornacis (chi2 Fornacis) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -38.3°
Azimuth: 258.4°
Direction: West-South-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of χ2 Fornacis

χ2 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 χ2 Fornacis are provided in the following table:

03h 27m 33s
-35° 40’ 53”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of χ2 Fornacis in the sky:

Finder chart χ2 Fornacis (chi2 Fornacis) star
Simplified finder chart for χ2 Fornacis (chi2 Fornacis).

Visibility of χ2 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 χ2 Fornacis (chi2 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: 125.7°
Max altitude: 2.8°
Azimuth: 234.3°

Distance of χ2 Fornacis from the Sun and relative movement

χ2 Fornacis is distant 464.39 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 30 kilometers per second.

142.45 pc
464.39 ly
30 km/s
0.081 arcsec/year
0.002 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of χ2 Fornacis

χ2 Fornacis belongs to spectral class K2 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where χ2 Fornacis is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of χ2 Fornacis. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of χ2 Fornacis

χ2 Fornacis
(chi2 Fornacis)