Kitalpha - α Equulei (alpha Equulei)
Kitalpha, also designated as α Equulei (alpha Equulei), is a hypergiant star in the constellation of Equuleus.
Kitalpha visual magnitude is 3.92. Because of its moderate brightness, Kitalpha should be easily visible from locations with dark skyes, while it can be barely visible, or not visible at all, from skyes affected by light pollution.
The table below summarizes the key facts about Kitalpha:
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Kitalpha
Kitalpha 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 Kitalpha are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky map below shows the position of Kitalpha in the sky:
Visibility of Kitalpha from your location
Digitized Sky Survey image of Kitalpha
The image below is a photograph of Kitalpha 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 Kitalpha is 0.059 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.088 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.
Distance of Kitalpha from the Sun and relative movement
Kitalpha is distant 186.18 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 16 kilometers per second.
Spectral properties of Kitalpha
Kitalpha belongs to spectral class G0 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a hypergiant star.
The red dot in the diagram below shows where Kitalpha is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.