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clear_day Transit: 12:11  
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γ1 Fornacis (gamma1 Fornacis)

Altitude: -40.1°   Azimuth: 280.7°   Direction: West

γ1 Fornacis is a multiple giant star in the constellation of Fornax.

γ1 Fornacis visual magnitude is 6.14. Because of its reltive faintness, γ1 Fornacis should be visible only from locations with dark skies, while it is not visible at all from skies affected by light pollution.

The proper motion of γ1 Fornacis is -0.043 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.127 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of γ1 Fornacis (gamma1 Fornacis) star
DSS2 image of γ1 Fornacis. The red arrow shows the motion of γ1 Fornacis during the next 1000 years (-0.72 arcmin in Right Ascension and -2.12 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about γ1 Fornacis


γ1 Fornacis (gamma1 Fornacis) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -40.1°
Azimuth: 280.7°
Direction: West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of γ1 Fornacis

γ1 Fornacis 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 γ1 Fornacis are provided in the following table:

02h 49m 50s
-24° 33’ 37”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of γ1 Fornacis in the sky:

Finder chart γ1 Fornacis (gamma1 Fornacis) star
Simplified finder chart for γ1 Fornacis (gamma1 Fornacis).

Visibility of γ1 Fornacis 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 γ1 Fornacis (gamma1 Fornacis) 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: 114.6°
Max altitude: 14.0°
Azimuth: 245.4°

Distance of γ1 Fornacis from the Sun and relative movement

γ1 Fornacis is distant 363.03 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 6 kilometers per second.

111.36 pc
363.03 ly
-6 km/s
-0.043 arcsec/year
-0.127 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of γ1 Fornacis

γ1 Fornacis belongs to spectral class K1 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where γ1 Fornacis is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of γ1 Fornacis. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

γ1 Fornacis star system properties

γ1 Fornacis 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 γ1 Fornacis double sysyem:

40.9 arcsec

Alternative designations of γ1 Fornacis

γ1 Fornacis
(gamma1 Fornacis)