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Kaus Media - δ Sagittarii (delta Sagittarii)

Altitude: -33.2°   Azimuth: 262.4°   Direction: West

Kaus Media, also designated as δ Sagittarii (delta Sagittarii), is a multiple giant star in the constellation of Sagittarius.

Kaus Media visual magnitude is 2.7. Thanks to its high brightness, Kaus Media 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 Kaus Media:


Kaus Media - δ Sagittarii (delta Sagittarii) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -33.2°
Azimuth: 262.4°
Direction: West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Kaus Media

Kaus Media 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 Kaus Media are provided in the following table:

18h 20m 59s
-29° 49’ 41”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of Kaus Media in the sky:

Finder chart Kaus Media - δ Sagittarii (delta Sagittarii) star
Simplified finder chart for Kaus Media - δ Sagittarii (delta Sagittarii).

Visibility of Kaus Media 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 Kaus Media - δ Sagittarii (delta Sagittarii) 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: 119.8°
Max altitude: 8.7°
Azimuth: 240.2°

Digitized Sky Survey image of Kaus Media

The image below is a photograph of Kaus Media 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 Kaus Media is 0.035 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.028 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of Kaus Media - δ Sagittarii (delta Sagittarii) star
DSS2 image of Kaus Media. The red arrow shows the motion of Kaus Media during the next 10000 years (5.83 arcmin in Right Ascension and -4.67 arcmin in declination);

Distance of Kaus Media from the Sun and relative movement

Kaus Media is distant 305.53 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 20 kilometers per second.

93.72 pc
305.53 ly
-20 km/s
0.035 arcsec/year
-0.028 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of Kaus Media

Kaus Media belongs to spectral class K3 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where Kaus Media is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

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

Kaus Media star system properties

Kaus Media 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 Kaus Media double sysyem:

58.1 arcsec

Alternative designations of Kaus Media

Kaus Media
δ Sagittarii
(delta Sagittarii)
19 Sagittarii