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Furud - ζ Canis Majoris (zeta Canis Majoris)

Altitude: -58.2°   Azimuth: 300.0°   Direction: West-North-West

Furud, also designated as ζ Canis Majoris (zeta Canis Majoris), is a variable and double main-sequence star in the constellation of Canis Major.

Furud visual magnitude is 3.02. Because of its moderate brightness, Furud should be easily visible from locations with dark skyes, while it can be barely visible, or not visible at all, from skyes affected by light pollution.

The table below summarizes the key facts about Furud:


Furud - ζ Canis Majoris (zeta Canis Majoris) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -58.2°
Azimuth: 300.0°
Direction: West-North-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Furud

Furud 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 Furud are provided in the following table:

06h 20m 18s
-30° 03’ 47”
Canis Major

The simplified sky map below shows the position of Furud in the sky:

Finder chart Furud - ζ Canis Majoris (zeta Canis Majoris) star
Simplified finder chart for Furud - ζ Canis Majoris (zeta Canis Majoris).

Visibility of Furud 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 Furud - ζ Canis Majoris (zeta Canis Majoris) 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: 120.1°
Max altitude: 8.5°
Azimuth: 239.9°

Digitized Sky Survey image of Furud

The image below is a photograph of Furud 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 Furud is 0.009 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.003 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 100000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of Furud - ζ Canis Majoris (zeta Canis Majoris) star
DSS2 image of Furud. The red arrow shows the motion of Furud during the next 100000 years (15.00 arcmin in Right Ascension and 5.00 arcmin in declination);

Distance of Furud from the Sun and relative movement

Furud is distant 336.08 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 32 kilometers per second.

103.09 pc
336.08 ly
32 km/s
0.009 arcsec/year
0.003 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of Furud

Furud belongs to spectral class B2 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a main-sequence star.


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

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

Furud star system properties

Furud is a visual double star which can be observed with the help of small or medium telescopes. The table below shows key information about the Furud double sysyem:

175.5 arcsec

Alternative designations of Furud

ζ Canis Majoris
(zeta Canis Majoris)
1 Canis Majoris