κ Crucis (kappa Crucis)
κ Crucis is a supergiant star in the constellation of Crux.
κ Crucis visual magnitude is 5.9. Because of its reltive faintness, κ Crucis 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 Crucis:
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of κ Crucis
κ Crucis is situated south of the celestial equator, as such, it is more easily visible from the southern emisphere. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of κ Crucis are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky map below shows the position of κ Crucis in the sky:
Visibility of κ Crucis from your location
κ Crucis (kappa Crucis) is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Digitized Sky Survey image of κ Crucis
The image below is a photograph of κ Crucis 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 Crucis is 0.004 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.021 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.
Distance of κ Crucis from the Sun and relative movement
κ Crucis is distant 32,600,000.00 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 4 kilometers per second.
Spectral properties of κ Crucis
κ Crucis belongs to spectral class B5 and has a luminosity class of I corresponding to a supergiant star.
The red dot in the diagram below shows where κ Crucis is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.