Cursa - β Eridani (beta Eridani)
Cursa, also designated as β Eridani (beta Eridani), is a variable and double giant star in the constellation of Eridanus.
Cursa visual magnitude is 2.79. Thanks to its high brightness, Cursa is clearly visible when observed from locations with dark skyes, and should be also quite easily visible from light polluted areas.
The table below summarizes the key facts about Cursa:
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Cursa
Cursa 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 Cursa are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky map below shows the position of Cursa in the sky:
Visibility of Cursa from your location
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Today's Cursa - β Eridani (beta Eridani) 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 Cursa
The image below is a photograph of Cursa 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 Cursa is -0.095 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.081 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.
Distance of Cursa from the Sun and relative movement
Cursa is distant 88.80 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 9 kilometers per second.
Spectral properties of Cursa
Cursa belongs to spectral class A3 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.
The red dot in the diagram below shows where Cursa is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.
Cursa star system properties
Cursa 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 Cursa double sysyem: