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δ Fornacis (delta Fornacis)

Altitude: -29.8°   Azimuth: 105.0°   Direction: East-South-East

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

δ Fornacis visual magnitude is 5. Because of its moderate brightness, δ Fornacis 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 δ Fornacis:


δ Fornacis (delta Fornacis) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -29.8°
Azimuth: 105.0°
Direction: East-South-East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of δ Fornacis

δ 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 δ Fornacis are provided in the following table:

03h 42m 14s
-31° 56’ 17”

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

Finder chart δ Fornacis (delta Fornacis) star
Simplified finder chart for δ Fornacis (delta Fornacis).

Visibility of δ 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 δ Fornacis (delta 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: 121.9°
Max altitude: 6.6°
Azimuth: 238.1°

Digitized Sky Survey image of δ Fornacis

The image below is a photograph of δ Fornacis 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 δ Fornacis is 0.009 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.014 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of δ Fornacis (delta Fornacis) star
DSS2 image of δ Fornacis. The red arrow shows the motion of δ Fornacis during the next 10000 years (1.50 arcmin in Right Ascension and 2.33 arcmin in declination);

Distance of δ Fornacis from the Sun and relative movement

δ Fornacis is distant 732.58 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 26 kilometers per second.

224.72 pc
732.58 ly
26 km/s
0.009 arcsec/year
0.014 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of δ Fornacis

δ Fornacis belongs to spectral class B5 and has a luminosity class of IV corresponding to a sub-giant star.


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

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

Alternative designations of δ Fornacis

δ Fornacis
(delta Fornacis)