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κ Columbae (kappa Columbae)

Altitude: -12.1°   Azimuth: 227.5°   Direction: South-West

κ Columbae is a variable hypergiant star in the constellation of Columba.

κ Columbae visual magnitude is 4.37. Because of its moderate brightness, κ Columbae 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 κ Columbae:


κ Columbae (kappa Columbae) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -12.1°
Azimuth: 227.5°
Direction: South-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of κ Columbae

κ Columbae 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 Columbae are provided in the following table:

06h 16m 33s
-35° 08’ 26”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of κ Columbae in the sky:

Finder chart κ Columbae (kappa Columbae) star
Simplified finder chart for κ Columbae (kappa Columbae).

Visibility of κ Columbae 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 κ Columbae (kappa Columbae) 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: 125.1°
Max altitude: 3.4°
Azimuth: 234.9°

Digitized Sky Survey image of κ Columbae

The image below is a photograph of κ Columbae 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 κ Columbae is 0 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.086 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of κ Columbae (kappa Columbae) star
DSS2 image of κ Columbae. The red arrow shows the motion of κ Columbae during the next 10000 years (0.00 arcmin in Right Ascension and 14.33 arcmin in declination);

Distance of κ Columbae from the Sun and relative movement

κ Columbae is distant 182.84 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 24 kilometers per second.

56.09 pc
182.84 ly
24 km/s
0.086 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of κ Columbae

κ Columbae belongs to spectral class K0 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a hypergiant star.


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

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

Alternative designations of κ Columbae

κ Columbae
(kappa Columbae)