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clear_day Transit: 12:10  
SunsetSet: 17:43
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κ2 Sculptoris (kappa2 Sculptoris)

Altitude: -41.4°   Azimuth: 276.2°   Direction: West

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 skies, while it is not visible at all from skies affected by light pollution.

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);

Key facts about κ2 Sculptoris


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

Altitude: -41.4°
Azimuth: 276.2°
Direction: West

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°

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)