Fomalhaut - α Piscis Austrini (alpha Piscis Austrini)
Fomalhaut, also designated as α Piscis Austrini (alpha Piscis Austrini), is a variable main-sequence star in the constellation of Piscis Austrinus.
Fomalhaut visual magnitude is 1.16, making it the 17th brightest star in the sky. Thanks to its high brightness, Fomalhaut 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 Fomalhaut:
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Fomalhaut
Fomalhaut 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 Fomalhaut are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky map below shows the position of Fomalhaut in the sky:
Visibility of Fomalhaut from your location
Today's Fomalhaut - α Piscis Austrini (alpha Piscis Austrini) 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 Fomalhaut
The image below is a photograph of Fomalhaut 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 Fomalhaut is 0.333 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.165 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.
Distance of Fomalhaut from the Sun and relative movement
Fomalhaut is distant 25.06 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 7 kilometers per second.
Spectral properties of Fomalhaut
Fomalhaut belongs to spectral class A3 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a main-sequence star.
The red dot in the diagram below shows where Fomalhaut is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.