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γ Canis Minoris (gamma Canis Minoris)

Altitude: 16.2°   Azimuth: 96.1°   Direction: East

γ Canis Minoris is a multiple giant star in the constellation of Canis Minor.

γ Canis Minoris visual magnitude is 4.32. Because of its moderate brightness, γ Canis Minoris 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 γ Canis Minoris:


γ Canis Minoris (gamma Canis Minoris) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 16.2°
Azimuth: 96.1°
Direction: East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of γ Canis Minoris

γ Canis Minoris is situated close to the celestial equator, as such, it is at least partly visible from both hemispheres in certain times of the year. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of γ Canis Minoris are provided in the following table:

07h 28m 09s
+08° 55’ 32”
Canis Minor

The simplified sky map below shows the position of γ Canis Minoris in the sky:

Finder chart γ Canis Minoris (gamma Canis Minoris) star
Simplified finder chart for γ Canis Minoris (gamma Canis Minoris).

Visibility of γ Canis Minoris 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 γ Canis Minoris (gamma Canis Minoris) 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: 81.1°
Max altitude: 47.4°
Azimuth: 278.9°

Digitized Sky Survey image of γ Canis Minoris

The image below is a photograph of γ Canis Minoris 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 γ Canis Minoris is -0.062 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.017 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of γ Canis Minoris (gamma Canis Minoris) star
DSS2 image of γ Canis Minoris. The red arrow shows the motion of γ Canis Minoris during the next 10000 years (-10.33 arcmin in Right Ascension and 2.83 arcmin in declination);

Distance of γ Canis Minoris from the Sun and relative movement

γ Canis Minoris is distant 397.56 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 47 kilometers per second.

121.95 pc
397.56 ly
47 km/s
-0.062 arcsec/year
0.017 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of γ Canis Minoris

γ Canis Minoris belongs to spectral class K3 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where γ Canis Minoris is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

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

γ Canis Minoris star system properties

γ Canis Minoris 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 γ Canis Minoris double sysyem:

130 arcsec

Alternative designations of γ Canis Minoris

γ Canis Minoris
(gamma Canis Minoris)
4 Canis Minoris