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Dalim - α Fornacis (alpha Fornacis)

Altitude: -10.7°   Azimuth: 236.3°   Direction: West-South-West

Dalim, also designated as α Fornacis (alpha Fornacis), is a variable and double main-sequence star in the constellation of Fornax.

Dalim visual magnitude is 3.87. Because of its moderate brightness, Dalim 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 Dalim:


Dalim - α Fornacis (alpha Fornacis) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -10.7°
Azimuth: 236.3°
Direction: West-South-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Dalim

Dalim 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 Dalim are provided in the following table:

03h 12m 04s
-28° 59’ 12”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of Dalim in the sky:

Finder chart Dalim - α Fornacis (alpha Fornacis) star
Simplified finder chart for Dalim - α Fornacis (alpha Fornacis).

Visibility of Dalim 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 Dalim - α Fornacis (alpha 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: 119.0°
Max altitude: 9.5°
Azimuth: 241.0°

Digitized Sky Survey image of Dalim

The image below is a photograph of Dalim 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 Dalim is 0.339 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.64 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of Dalim - α Fornacis (alpha Fornacis) star
DSS2 image of Dalim. The red arrow shows the motion of Dalim during the next 1000 years (5.65 arcmin in Right Ascension and 10.67 arcmin in declination);

Distance of Dalim from the Sun and relative movement

Dalim is distant 46.01 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 21 kilometers per second.

14.11 pc
46.01 ly
-21 km/s
0.339 arcsec/year
0.64 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of Dalim

Dalim belongs to spectral class F8 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a main-sequence star.


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

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

Dalim star system properties

Dalim 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 Dalim double sysyem:

3.6 arcsec

Alternative designations of Dalim

α Fornacis
(alpha Fornacis)
Gl 127 A