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η2 Pictoris (eta2 Pictoris)

Altitude: -30.3°   Azimuth: 133.0°   Direction: South-East

η2 Pictoris is a variable giant star in the constellation of Pictor.

η2 Pictoris visual magnitude is 5.03. Because of its reltive faintness, η2 Pictoris should be visible only from locations with dark skyes, while it is not visible at all from skyes affected by light pollution.

The proper motion of η2 Pictoris is 0.071 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.003 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of η2 Pictoris (eta2 Pictoris) star
DSS2 image of η2 Pictoris. The red arrow shows the motion of η2 Pictoris during the next 10000 years (11.83 arcmin in Right Ascension and -0.50 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about η2 Pictoris


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

Altitude: -30.3°
Azimuth: 133.0°
Direction: South-East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of η2 Pictoris

η2 Pictoris 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 Pictoris are provided in the following table:

05h 04m 58s
-49° 34’ 40”

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

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

Visibility of η2 Pictoris from your location

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

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

Distance of η2 Pictoris from the Sun and relative movement

η2 Pictoris is distant 473.84 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 36 kilometers per second.

145.35 pc
473.84 ly
36 km/s
0.071 arcsec/year
-0.003 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of η2 Pictoris

η2 Pictoris belongs to spectral class K5 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


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

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

Alternative designations of η2 Pictoris

η2 Pictoris
(eta2 Pictoris)