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κ Doradus (kappa Doradus)

Altitude: -53.6°   Azimuth: 230.7°   Direction: South-West

κ Doradus is a variable giant star in the constellation of Dorado.

κ Doradus visual magnitude is 5.27. Because of its reltive faintness, κ Doradus 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 Doradus:


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

Altitude: -53.6°
Azimuth: 230.7°
Direction: South-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of κ Doradus

κ Doradus 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 Doradus are provided in the following table:

04h 44m 21s
-59° 43’ 58”

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

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

Visibility of κ Doradus from your location

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

κ Doradus (kappa Doradus) is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt

Digitized Sky Survey image of κ Doradus

The image below is a photograph of κ Doradus 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 Doradus is 0.033 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.039 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of κ Doradus (kappa Doradus) star
DSS2 image of κ Doradus. The red arrow shows the motion of κ Doradus during the next 10000 years (5.50 arcmin in Right Ascension and 6.50 arcmin in declination);

Distance of κ Doradus from the Sun and relative movement

κ Doradus is distant 222.37 light years from the Sun

68.21 pc
222.37 ly
0.033 arcsec/year
0.039 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of κ Doradus

κ Doradus belongs to spectral class A8 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


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

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

Alternative designations of κ Doradus

κ Doradus
(kappa Doradus)