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public LocationGreenwich, United Kingdom
Sunrise: 4:42 
Transit: 12:58 
Sunset: 21:15
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κ Canis Majoris (kappa Canis Majoris)

Below the horizon.  Rise: 11:50 | Tran: 14:16 | Set: 16:42
Altitude: -1.6°   Azimuth: 214.1°   Direction: South-West

κ Canis Majoris is a variable sub-giant star of spectral class B1 in the constellation of Canis Major.

κ Canis Majoris visual magnitude is 3.96. Because of its moderate brightness, κ Canis Majoris is easily visible to the naked eye from locations with dark skies, while it might be barely visible, or not visible at all, from light-polluted skies.

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of κ Canis Majoris

Finder chart κ Canis Majoris (kappa Canis Majoris) star
Simplified finder chart for κ Canis Majoris (kappa Canis Majoris).

κ Canis Majoris 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 κ Canis Majoris are provided in the following table:

06h 49m 50s
-32° 30’ 30”
Canis Major
Image of κ Canis Majoris (kappa Canis Majoris) star
DSS2 image of κ Canis Majoris. The red arrow shows the motion of κ Canis Majoris during the next 100000 years (-11.67 arcmin in Right Ascension and 6.67 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about κ Canis Majoris


and has a luminosity class of IV corresponding to a sub-giant star.


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

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

Distance of κ Canis Majoris from the Sun and relative movement

κ Canis Majoris is distant 789.35 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 14 kilometers per second.

242.13 pc
789.35 ly
14 km/s
-0.007 arcsec/year
0.004 arcsec/year

Alternative designations of κ Canis Majoris

κ Canis Majoris
(kappa Canis Majoris)
13 Canis Majoris

Visibility of κ Canis Majoris from your location

Today's κ Canis Majoris (kappa Canis Majoris) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 122.5°
Max altitude: 6.0°
Azimuth: 237.5°