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η2 Fornacis (eta2 Fornacis)

η2 Fornacis is a double hypergiant star in the constellation of Fornax.

η2 Fornacis visual magnitude is 5.92. Because of its reltive faintness, η2 Fornacis 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 Fornacis:

5.92
Hypergiant
η2 Fornacis (eta2 Fornacis) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of η2 Fornacis

η2 Fornacis is situated south of the celestial equator, as such, it is more easily visible from the southern emisphere. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of η2 Fornacis are provided in the following table:

02h 50m 14s
-35° 50’ 36”
239.41°
-63.34°
Fornax

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

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

Visibility of η2 Fornacis from your location

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

Today's η2 Fornacis (eta2 Fornacis) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 125.8°
Max altitude: 2.7°
Azimuth: 234.2°
η2 Fornacis (eta2 Fornacis) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

Digitized Sky Survey image of η2 Fornacis

The image below is a photograph of η2 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 η2 Fornacis is 0.058 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.021 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of η2 Fornacis (eta2 Fornacis) star
DSS2 image of η2 Fornacis. The red arrow shows the motion of η2 Fornacis during the next 10000 years (9.67 arcmin in Right Ascension and 3.50 arcmin in declination);

Distance of η2 Fornacis from the Sun and relative movement

η2 Fornacis is distant 500.00 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 22 kilometers per second.

153.37 pc
500.00 ly
22 km/s
0.058 arcsec/year
0.021 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of η2 Fornacis

η2 Fornacis belongs to spectral class K0 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a hypergiant star.

-0.01
K0III
4996K

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

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

η2 Fornacis star system properties

η2 Fornacis is a visual double star which can be observed with the help of small or medium telescopes. The table below shows key information about the η2 Fornacis double sysyem:

5.92
10.22
4.3
5 arcsec

Alternative designations of η2 Fornacis

η2 Fornacis
(eta2 Fornacis)
SAO193940
SAO193940