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κ Piscium (kappa Piscium)

Altitude: -35.0°   Azimuth: 337.4°   Direction: North-North-West

κ Piscium is a variable and multiple hypergiant star in the constellation of Pisces.

κ Piscium visual magnitude is 4.94. Because of its moderate brightness, κ Piscium should be easily visible from locations with dark skyes, while it can be barely visible, or not visible at all, from skyes affected by light pollution.

The table below summarizes the key facts about κ Piscium:


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

Altitude: -35.0°
Azimuth: 337.4°
Direction: North-North-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of κ Piscium

κ Piscium 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 Piscium are provided in the following table:

23h 26m 56s
+01° 15’ 20”

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

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

Visibility of κ Piscium from your location

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

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

Azimuth: 88.7°
Max altitude: 39.8°
Azimuth: 271.3°

Digitized Sky Survey image of κ Piscium

The image below is a photograph of κ Piscium 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 Piscium is 0.089 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.097 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of κ Piscium (kappa Piscium) star
DSS2 image of κ Piscium. The red arrow shows the motion of κ Piscium during the next 1000 years (1.48 arcmin in Right Ascension and -1.62 arcmin in declination);

Distance of κ Piscium from the Sun and relative movement

κ Piscium is distant 162.03 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 3 kilometers per second.

49.70 pc
162.03 ly
-3 km/s
0.089 arcsec/year
-0.097 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of κ Piscium

κ Piscium belongs to spectral class A0 κ Piscium is also a CrSiSr chemically peculiar star.


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

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

κ Piscium star system properties

κ Piscium is a visual double star which can be observed only with the help of very large telescopes. The table below shows key information about the κ Piscium double sysyem:

163.4 arcsec

Alternative designations of κ Piscium

κ Piscium
(kappa Piscium)