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κ Pictoris (kappa Pictoris)

Altitude: -17.7°   Azimuth: 182.8°   Direction: South

κ Pictoris is a main-sequence star in the constellation of Pictor.

κ Pictoris visual magnitude is 6.11. Because of its reltive faintness, κ Pictoris 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 Pictoris:


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

Altitude: -17.7°
Azimuth: 182.8°
Direction: South

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of κ Pictoris

κ Pictoris 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 Pictoris are provided in the following table:

05h 22m 22s
-56° 08’ 03”

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

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

Visibility of κ Pictoris from your location

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

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

Digitized Sky Survey image of κ Pictoris

The image below is a photograph of κ Pictoris 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 Pictoris is -0.005 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.02 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of κ Pictoris (kappa Pictoris) star
DSS2 image of κ Pictoris. The red arrow shows the motion of κ Pictoris during the next 10000 years (-0.83 arcmin in Right Ascension and 3.33 arcmin in declination);

Distance of κ Pictoris from the Sun and relative movement

κ Pictoris is distant 749.43 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 5 kilometers per second.

229.89 pc
749.43 ly
-5 km/s
-0.005 arcsec/year
0.02 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of κ Pictoris

κ Pictoris belongs to spectral class B8 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a main-sequence star.


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

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

Alternative designations of κ Pictoris

κ Pictoris
(kappa Pictoris)