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🌎  Observing from: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
🌅 Sunrise: 6:41  ☀️ Transit: 13:03  🌅 Sunset: 19:26

κ Crateris (kappa Crateris)

κ Crateris is a double giant star in the constellation of Crater.

κ Crateris visual magnitude is 5.94. Because of its reltive faintness, κ Crateris should be visible only from locations with dark skyes, while it is not visible at all from skyes affected by light pollution.

The table below summarizes the key facts about κ Crateris:

κ Crateris (kappa Crateris) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. Altitude: 19°.

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of κ Crateris

κ Crateris 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 κ Crateris are provided in the following table:

11h 27m 09s
-12° 21’ 24”

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

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

Visibility of κ Crateris from your location

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

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

Azimuth: 102.4°
Max altitude: 26.2°
Azimuth: 257.6°
κ Crateris (kappa Crateris) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

Digitized Sky Survey image of κ Crateris

The image below is a photograph of κ Crateris 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 Crateris is -0.097 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.026 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of κ Crateris (kappa Crateris) star
DSS2 image of κ Crateris. The red arrow shows the motion of κ Crateris during the next 1000 years (-1.62 arcmin in Right Ascension and 0.43 arcmin in declination);

Distance of κ Crateris from the Sun and relative movement

κ Crateris is distant 218.65 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 6 kilometers per second.

67.07 pc
218.65 ly
6 km/s
-0.097 arcsec/year
0.026 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of κ Crateris

κ Crateris belongs to spectral class F4 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


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

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

κ Crateris star system properties

κ Crateris is a visual double star which can be observed only with the help of very large telescopes. The table below shows key information about the κ Crateris double sysyem:

27.9 arcsec

Alternative designations of κ Crateris

κ Crateris
(kappa Crateris)
16 Crateris