κ Scorpii (kappa Scorpii)
κ Scorpii is a variable giant star in the constellation of Scorpius.
κ Scorpii visual magnitude is 2.41. Thanks to its high brightness, κ Scorpii is clearly visible when observed from locations with dark skyes, and should be also quite easily visible from light polluted areas.
The table below summarizes the key facts about κ Scorpii:
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of κ Scorpii
κ Scorpii is situated south of the celestial equator, as such, it is more easily visible from the southern emisphere. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of κ Scorpii are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky map below shows the position of κ Scorpii in the sky:
Visibility of κ Scorpii from your location
κ Scorpii (kappa Scorpii) is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Digitized Sky Survey image of κ Scorpii
The image below is a photograph of κ Scorpii 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 Scorpii is -0.006 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.027 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.
Distance of κ Scorpii from the Sun and relative movement
κ Scorpii is distant 463.73 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 14 kilometers per second.
Spectral properties of κ Scorpii
κ Scorpii belongs to spectral class B1 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.
The red dot in the diagram below shows where κ Scorpii is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.