Your Guide to the Solar System and the Night Sky
Donate now! You'll help cover server costs, enhance the site and keep it ad-free.
public Observing fromLocation: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
north SunriseRise: 4:45  
clear_day Transit: 12:57  
SunsetSet: 21:09 south
sunny DaytimeWhat's Visible Now
All Constellations » Crux » 

Ginan - ε Crucis (epsilon Crucis)

Altitude: -28.1°   Azimuth: 155.8°   Direction: South-South-East

Ginan, also designated as ε Crucis (epsilon Crucis), is a variable giant star in the constellation of Crux.

Ginan visual magnitude is 3.59. Because of its moderate brightness, Ginan 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 Ginan:


Ginan - ε Crucis (epsilon Crucis) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -28.1°
Azimuth: 155.8°
Direction: South-South-East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Ginan

Ginan 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 Ginan are provided in the following table:

12h 21m 21s
-60° 24’ 03”

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

Finder chart Ginan - ε Crucis (epsilon Crucis) star
Simplified finder chart for Ginan - ε Crucis (epsilon Crucis).

Visibility of Ginan from your location

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Ginan - ε Crucis (epsilon Crucis) is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt

Digitized Sky Survey image of Ginan

The image below is a photograph of Ginan 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 Ginan is -0.175 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.087 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of Ginan - ε Crucis (epsilon Crucis) star
DSS2 image of Ginan. The red arrow shows the motion of Ginan during the next 1000 years (-2.92 arcmin in Right Ascension and 1.45 arcmin in declination);

Distance of Ginan from the Sun and relative movement

Ginan is distant 227.97 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 5 kilometers per second.

69.93 pc
227.97 ly
-5 km/s
-0.175 arcsec/year
0.087 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of Ginan

Ginan 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 Ginan is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

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

Alternative designations of Ginan

ε Crucis
(epsilon Crucis)