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public Observing fromLocation: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
SunriseRise: 6:40  
clear_day Transit: 12:10  
SunsetSet: 17:41
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η3 Fornacis (eta3 Fornacis)

Altitude: -13.0°   Azimuth: 132.1°   Direction: South-East

η3 Fornacis is a giant star in the constellation of Fornax.

η3 Fornacis visual magnitude is 5.47. Because of its reltive faintness, η3 Fornacis should be visible only from locations with dark skies, while it is not visible at all from skies affected by light pollution.

The proper motion of η3 Fornacis is 0.006 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.061 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of η3 Fornacis (eta3 Fornacis) star
DSS2 image of η3 Fornacis. The red arrow shows the motion of η3 Fornacis during the next 10000 years (1.00 arcmin in Right Ascension and -10.17 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about η3 Fornacis


η3 Fornacis (eta3 Fornacis) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -13.0°
Azimuth: 132.1°
Direction: South-East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of η3 Fornacis

η3 Fornacis 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 η3 Fornacis are provided in the following table:

02h 50m 40s
-35° 40’ 33”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of η3 Fornacis in the sky:

Finder chart η3 Fornacis (eta3 Fornacis) star
Simplified finder chart for η3 Fornacis (eta3 Fornacis).

Visibility of η3 Fornacis from your location

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

Today's η3 Fornacis (eta3 Fornacis) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 125.7°
Max altitude: 2.8°
Azimuth: 234.3°

Distance of η3 Fornacis from the Sun and relative movement

η3 Fornacis is distant 530.94 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 12 kilometers per second.

162.87 pc
530.94 ly
12 km/s
0.006 arcsec/year
-0.061 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of η3 Fornacis

η3 Fornacis 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 η3 Fornacis is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of η3 Fornacis. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of η3 Fornacis

η3 Fornacis
(eta3 Fornacis)