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κ2 Ceti (kappa2 Ceti)

κ2 Ceti is a giant star in the constellation of Cetus.

κ2 Ceti visual magnitude is 5.69. Because of its reltive faintness, κ2 Ceti 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 κ2 Ceti:

κ2 Ceti (kappa2 Ceti) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of κ2 Ceti

κ2 Ceti 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 κ2 Ceti are provided in the following table:

03h 21m 06s
+03° 40’ 32”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of κ2 Ceti in the sky:

Finder chart κ2 Ceti (kappa2 Ceti) star
Simplified finder chart for κ2 Ceti (kappa2 Ceti).

Visibility of κ2 Ceti 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 κ2 Ceti (kappa2 Ceti) 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: 86.3°
Max altitude: 42.2°
Azimuth: 273.7°
κ2 Ceti (kappa2 Ceti) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

Digitized Sky Survey image of κ2 Ceti

The image below is a photograph of κ2 Ceti 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 κ2 Ceti is 0.051 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.026 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of κ2 Ceti (kappa2 Ceti) star
DSS2 image of κ2 Ceti. The red arrow shows the motion of κ2 Ceti during the next 10000 years (8.50 arcmin in Right Ascension and -4.33 arcmin in declination);

Distance of κ2 Ceti from the Sun and relative movement

κ2 Ceti is distant 290.29 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 11 kilometers per second.

89.05 pc
290.29 ly
11 km/s
0.051 arcsec/year
-0.026 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of κ2 Ceti

κ2 Ceti belongs to spectral class G8 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where κ2 Ceti is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of κ2 Ceti. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of κ2 Ceti

κ2 Ceti
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