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public LocationGreenwich, UK
Sunrise: 4:42 
Transit: 13:00 
Sunset: 21:17
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κ Doradus (kappa Doradus)

Below the horizon.  Never rises today
Altitude: -38.0°   Azimuth: 218.9°   Direction: South-West

κ Doradus is a variable giant star of spectral class A8 in the constellation of Dorado.

κ Doradus visual magnitude is 5.27. Because of its faintness, κ Doradus is visible to the naked eye only from locations with very dark skies, while it is not visible at all from skies affected by light pollution.

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of κ Doradus

Finder chart κ Doradus (kappa Doradus) star
Simplified finder chart for κ Doradus (kappa 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”
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);

Key facts about κ Doradus


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

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

Alternative designations of κ Doradus

κ Doradus
(kappa Doradus)

Visibility of κ Doradus from your location

κ Doradus (kappa Doradus) is currently not visible from Greenwich, UK