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public LocationGreenwich, United Kingdom
Sunrise: 4:42 
Transit: 12:59 
Sunset: 21:16
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Fomalhaut - α Piscis Austrini (alpha Piscis Austrini)

Below the horizon.  Rise: 3:21 | Tran: 6:17 | Set: 9:14
Altitude: -40.9°   Azimuth: 272.2°   Direction: West

Fomalhaut, also designated as α Piscis Austrini (alpha Piscis Austrini), is a variable main-sequence star of spectral class A3 in the constellation of Piscis Austrinus.

Fomalhaut visual magnitude is 1.16, making it the 17th brightest star in the sky. Because of its brightness, Fomalhaut is clearly visible to the naked eye when observed from locations with dark skies, and should be also quite easily visible from light polluted areas.

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Fomalhaut

Finder chart Fomalhaut - α Piscis Austrini (alpha Piscis Austrini) star
Simplified finder chart for Fomalhaut - α Piscis Austrini (alpha Piscis Austrini).

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:

22h 57m 39s
-29° 37’ 19”
Piscis Austrinus
Image of Fomalhaut - α Piscis Austrini (alpha Piscis Austrini) star
DSS2 image of Fomalhaut. The red arrow shows the motion of Fomalhaut during the next 1000 years (5.55 arcmin in Right Ascension and -2.75 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about Fomalhaut


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.

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

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.

7.69 pc
25.06 ly
7 km/s
0.333 arcsec/year
-0.165 arcsec/year

Alternative designations of Fomalhaut

α Piscis Austrini
(alpha Piscis Austrini)
24 Piscis Austrini

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):

Azimuth: 119.6°
Max altitude: 8.9°
Azimuth: 240.4°