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clear_day Transit: 12:12  
SunsetSet: 17:25
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χ3 Fornacis (chi3 Fornacis)

Altitude: 2.6°   Azimuth: 176.0°   Direction: South

χ3 Fornacis is a double main-sequence star in the constellation of Fornax.

χ3 Fornacis visual magnitude is 6.5. Because of its reltive faintness, χ3 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 χ3 Fornacis is 0.03 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.003 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of χ3 Fornacis (chi3 Fornacis) star
DSS2 image of χ3 Fornacis. The red arrow shows the motion of χ3 Fornacis during the next 10000 years (5.00 arcmin in Right Ascension and -0.50 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about χ3 Fornacis


χ3 Fornacis (chi3 Fornacis) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 2.6°
Azimuth: 176.0°
Direction: South

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of χ3 Fornacis

χ3 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 χ3 Fornacis are provided in the following table:

03h 28m 11s
-35° 51’ 11”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of χ3 Fornacis in the sky:

Finder chart χ3 Fornacis (chi3 Fornacis) star
Simplified finder chart for χ3 Fornacis (chi3 Fornacis).

Visibility of χ3 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 χ3 Fornacis (chi3 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: 2.7°
Azimuth: 234.1°

Distance of χ3 Fornacis from the Sun and relative movement

χ3 Fornacis is distant 361.82 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 15 kilometers per second.

110.99 pc
361.82 ly
15 km/s
0.03 arcsec/year
-0.003 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of χ3 Fornacis

χ3 Fornacis belongs to spectral class A1 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a main-sequence star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where χ3 Fornacis is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of χ3 Fornacis. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

χ3 Fornacis star system properties

χ3 Fornacis is a visual double star which can be observed with the help of small or medium telescopes. The table below shows key information about the χ3 Fornacis double sysyem:

6.3 arcsec

Alternative designations of χ3 Fornacis

χ3 Fornacis
(chi3 Fornacis)