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public LocationGreenwich, UK
Sunrise: 4:42 
Transit: 13:00 
Sunset: 21:18
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η Columbae (eta Columbae)

Below the horizon.  Never rises today
Altitude: -8.9°   Azimuth: 155.3°   Direction: South-South-East

η Columbae is a hypergiant star of spectral class K0 in the constellation of Columba.

η Columbae visual magnitude is 3.96. Because of its moderate brightness, η Columbae is easily visible to the naked eye from locations with dark skies, while it might be barely visible, or not visible at all, from light-polluted skies.

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of η Columbae

Finder chart η Columbae (eta Columbae) star
Simplified finder chart for η Columbae (eta Columbae).

η Columbae 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 η Columbae are provided in the following table:

05h 59m 08s
-42° 48’ 55”
Image of η Columbae (eta Columbae) star
DSS2 image of η Columbae. The red arrow shows the motion of η Columbae during the next 10000 years (3.67 arcmin in Right Ascension and -2.33 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about η Columbae


and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a hypergiant star.


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

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

Distance of η Columbae from the Sun and relative movement

η Columbae is distant 530.94 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 17 kilometers per second.

162.87 pc
530.94 ly
17 km/s
0.022 arcsec/year
-0.014 arcsec/year

Alternative designations of η Columbae

η Columbae
(eta Columbae)

Visibility of η Columbae from your location

η Columbae (eta Columbae) is currently not visible from Greenwich, UK