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ε Centauri (epsilon Centauri)

Altitude: -24.8°   Azimuth: 212.7°   Direction: South-South-West

ε Centauri is a variable and double giant star in the constellation of Centaurus.

ε Centauri visual magnitude is 2.3. Thanks to its high brightness, ε Centauri is clearly visible when observed from locations with dark skies, and should be also quite easily visible from light polluted areas.

The proper motion of ε Centauri is -0.028 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.016 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of ε Centauri (epsilon Centauri) star
DSS2 image of ε Centauri. The red arrow shows the motion of ε Centauri during the next 10000 years (-4.67 arcmin in Right Ascension and -2.67 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about ε Centauri

2.3
Giant

ε Centauri (epsilon Centauri) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -24.8°
Azimuth: 212.7°
Direction: South-South-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of ε Centauri

ε Centauri 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 ε Centauri are provided in the following table:

13h 39m 53s
-53° 27’ 59”
310.19°
8.72°
Centaurus

The simplified sky map below shows the position of ε Centauri in the sky:

Finder chart ε Centauri (epsilon Centauri) star
Simplified finder chart for ε Centauri (epsilon Centauri).

Visibility of ε Centauri from your location

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

ε Centauri (epsilon Centauri) is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt

Distance of ε Centauri from the Sun and relative movement

ε Centauri is distant 375.58 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 3 kilometers per second.

115.21 pc
375.58 ly
3 km/s
-0.028 arcsec/year
-0.016 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of ε Centauri

ε Centauri belongs to spectral class B1 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.

-3.01
B1III
14087K

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

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

ε Centauri star system properties

ε Centauri 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 ε Centauri double sysyem:

2.3
10.7
8.4
36.9 arcsec

Alternative designations of ε Centauri

ε Centauri
(epsilon Centauri)
SAO241047
SAO241047