Your Guide to the Solar System and the Night Sky
This site is free and ad-free thanks to the support of our users. If you can, please consider a donation.
public Observing fromLocation: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
north SunriseRise: 6:55  
clear_day Transit: 12:49  
SunsetSet: 18:41 south
sleep NighttimeWhat's Visible Now
All Constellations » Sculptor » 

κ2 Sculptoris (kappa2 Sculptoris)

Altitude: 10.7°   Azimuth: 177.1°   Direction: South

κ2 Sculptoris is a double giant star in the constellation of Sculptor.

κ2 Sculptoris visual magnitude is 5.41. Because of its reltive faintness, κ2 Sculptoris 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 Sculptoris:


κ2 Sculptoris (kappa2 Sculptoris) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 10.7°
Azimuth: 177.1°
Direction: South

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of κ2 Sculptoris

κ2 Sculptoris 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 κ2 Sculptoris are provided in the following table:

00h 11m 34s
-27° 47’ 58”

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

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

Visibility of κ2 Sculptoris 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 Sculptoris (kappa2 Sculptoris) 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: 117.8°
Max altitude: 10.7°
Azimuth: 242.2°

Digitized Sky Survey image of κ2 Sculptoris

The image below is a photograph of κ2 Sculptoris 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 Sculptoris is 0.01 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.016 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of κ2 Sculptoris (kappa2 Sculptoris) star
DSS2 image of κ2 Sculptoris. The red arrow shows the motion of κ2 Sculptoris during the next 10000 years (1.67 arcmin in Right Ascension and 2.67 arcmin in declination);

Distance of κ2 Sculptoris from the Sun and relative movement

κ2 Sculptoris is distant 581.11 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 6 kilometers per second.

178.25 pc
581.11 ly
-6 km/s
0.01 arcsec/year
0.016 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of κ2 Sculptoris

κ2 Sculptoris belongs to spectral class K5 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


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

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

κ2 Sculptoris star system properties

κ2 Sculptoris 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 κ2 Sculptoris double sysyem:

46 arcsec

Alternative designations of κ2 Sculptoris

κ2 Sculptoris
(kappa2 Sculptoris)