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Elkurud - θ Columbae (theta Columbae)

Altitude: -9.9°   Azimuth: 140.1°   Direction: South-East

Elkurud, also designated as θ Columbae (theta Columbae), is a sub-giant star in the constellation of Columba.

Elkurud visual magnitude is 5.02. Because of its reltive faintness, Elkurud should be visible only from locations with dark skyes, while it is not visible at all from skyes affected by light pollution.

The table below summarizes the key facts about Elkurud:


Elkurud - θ Columbae (theta Columbae) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -9.9°
Azimuth: 140.1°
Direction: South-East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Elkurud

Elkurud 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 Elkurud are provided in the following table:

06h 07m 31s
-37° 15’ 11”

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

Finder chart Elkurud - θ Columbae (theta Columbae) star
Simplified finder chart for Elkurud - θ Columbae (theta Columbae).

Visibility of Elkurud 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 Elkurud - θ Columbae (theta Columbae) 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: 127.3°
Max altitude: 1.3°
Azimuth: 232.7°

Digitized Sky Survey image of Elkurud

The image below is a photograph of Elkurud 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 Elkurud is 0.002 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.005 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 100000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of Elkurud - θ Columbae (theta Columbae) star
DSS2 image of Elkurud. The red arrow shows the motion of Elkurud during the next 100000 years (3.33 arcmin in Right Ascension and -8.33 arcmin in declination);

Distance of Elkurud from the Sun and relative movement

Elkurud is distant 761.68 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 45 kilometers per second.

233.64 pc
761.68 ly
45 km/s
0.002 arcsec/year
-0.005 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of Elkurud

Elkurud belongs to spectral class B9 and has a luminosity class of IV corresponding to a sub-giant star.


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

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

Alternative designations of Elkurud

θ Columbae
(theta Columbae)