Fang - π Scorpii (pi Scorpii)
Fang, also designated as π Scorpii (pi Scorpii), is a variable and multiple main-sequence star in the constellation of Scorpius.
Fang visual magnitude is 2.89. Thanks to its high brightness, Fang is clearly visible when observed from locations with dark skyes, and should be also quite easily visible from light polluted areas.
The table below summarizes the key facts about Fang:
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Fang
Fang 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 Fang are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky map below shows the position of Fang in the sky:
Visibility of Fang from your location
Today's Fang - π Scorpii (pi Scorpii) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):
Digitized Sky Survey image of Fang
The image below is a photograph of Fang 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 Fang is -0.011 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.026 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.
Distance of Fang from the Sun and relative movement
Fang is distant 459.15 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 3 kilometers per second.
Spectral properties of Fang
Fang belongs to spectral class B1 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a main-sequence star.
The red dot in the diagram below shows where Fang is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.
Fang star system properties
Fang is a visual double star which can be observed only with the help of very large telescopes. The table below shows key information about the Fang double sysyem: