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🌎  Observing from: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

κ Fornacis (kappa Fornacis)

κ Fornacis is a hypergiant star in the constellation of Fornax.

κ Fornacis visual magnitude is 5.2. Because of its reltive faintness, κ Fornacis 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 Fornacis:

κ Fornacis (kappa Fornacis) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of κ Fornacis

κ Fornacis 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 Fornacis are provided in the following table:

02h 22m 32s
-23° 48’ 59”

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

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

Visibility of κ Fornacis from your location

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

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

Azimuth: 113.8°
Max altitude: 14.7°
Azimuth: 246.2°
κ Fornacis (kappa Fornacis) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

Digitized Sky Survey image of κ Fornacis

The image below is a photograph of κ Fornacis 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 Fornacis is 0.2 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.062 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of κ Fornacis (kappa Fornacis) star
DSS2 image of κ Fornacis. The red arrow shows the motion of κ Fornacis during the next 1000 years (3.33 arcmin in Right Ascension and -1.03 arcmin in declination);

Distance of κ Fornacis from the Sun and relative movement

κ Fornacis is distant 71.49 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 18 kilometers per second.

21.93 pc
71.49 ly
18 km/s
0.2 arcsec/year
-0.062 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of κ Fornacis

κ Fornacis belongs to spectral class G0 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a hypergiant star.


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

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

Alternative designations of κ Fornacis

κ Fornacis
(kappa Fornacis)