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κ2 Volantis (kappa2 Volantis)

κ2 Volantis is a variable and multiple hypergiant star in the constellation of Volans.

κ2 Volantis visual magnitude is 5.65. Because of its reltive faintness, κ2 Volantis 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 Volantis:

κ2 Volantis (kappa2 Volantis) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of κ2 Volantis

κ2 Volantis 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 κ2 Volantis are provided in the following table:

08h 20m 00s
-71° 30’ 19”

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

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

Visibility of κ2 Volantis from your location

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

κ2 Volantis (kappa2 Volantis) is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Digitized Sky Survey image of κ2 Volantis

The image below is a photograph of κ2 Volantis 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 Volantis is -0.008 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.044 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of κ2 Volantis (kappa2 Volantis) star
DSS2 image of κ2 Volantis. The red arrow shows the motion of κ2 Volantis during the next 10000 years (-1.33 arcmin in Right Ascension and 7.33 arcmin in declination);

Distance of κ2 Volantis from the Sun and relative movement

κ2 Volantis is distant 395.15 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 6 kilometers per second.

121.21 pc
395.15 ly
-6 km/s
-0.008 arcsec/year
0.044 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of κ2 Volantis

κ2 Volantis belongs to spectral class A0 and has a luminosity class of IV corresponding to a hypergiant star.


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

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

κ2 Volantis star system properties

κ2 Volantis is a visual double star which can be observed with binoculars or small telescopes. The table below shows key information about the κ2 Volantis double sysyem:

65 arcsec

Alternative designations of κ2 Volantis

κ2 Volantis
(kappa2 Volantis)