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η2 Doradus (eta2 Doradus)

Altitude: -31.1°   Azimuth: 198.3°   Direction: South-South-West

η2 Doradus is a variable giant star in the constellation of Dorado.

η2 Doradus visual magnitude is 5.01. Because of its reltive faintness, η2 Doradus 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 η2 Doradus:


η2 Doradus (eta2 Doradus) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -31.1°
Azimuth: 198.3°
Direction: South-South-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of η2 Doradus

η2 Doradus 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 η2 Doradus are provided in the following table:

06h 11m 15s
-65° 35’ 21”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of η2 Doradus in the sky:

Finder chart η2 Doradus (eta2 Doradus) star
Simplified finder chart for η2 Doradus (eta2 Doradus).

Visibility of η2 Doradus from your location

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

η2 Doradus (eta2 Doradus) is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt

Digitized Sky Survey image of η2 Doradus

The image below is a photograph of η2 Doradus 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 η2 Doradus is -0.026 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.112 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of η2 Doradus (eta2 Doradus) star
DSS2 image of η2 Doradus. The red arrow shows the motion of η2 Doradus during the next 1000 years (-0.43 arcmin in Right Ascension and 1.87 arcmin in declination);

Distance of η2 Doradus from the Sun and relative movement

η2 Doradus is distant 670.78 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 35 kilometers per second.

205.76 pc
670.78 ly
35 km/s
-0.026 arcsec/year
0.112 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of η2 Doradus

η2 Doradus belongs to spectral class M2 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where η2 Doradus is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of η2 Doradus. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of η2 Doradus

η2 Doradus
(eta2 Doradus)