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Kurhah - ξ Cephei (xi Cephei)

Altitude: 71.9°   Azimuth: 34.3°   Direction: North-East

Kurhah, also designated as ξ Cephei (xi Cephei), is a multiple main-sequence star in the constellation of Cepheus.

Kurhah visual magnitude is 4.29. Because of its moderate brightness, Kurhah 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 Kurhah:


Kurhah - ξ Cephei (xi Cephei) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 71.9°
Azimuth: 34.3°
Direction: North-East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Kurhah

Kurhah is situated close to the northern celestial pole and, as such, it is visible for most part of the year from the northern hemisphere. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of Kurhah are provided in the following table:

22h 03m 47s
+64° 37’ 40”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of Kurhah in the sky:

Finder chart Kurhah - ξ Cephei (xi Cephei) star
Simplified finder chart for Kurhah - ξ Cephei (xi Cephei).

Visibility of Kurhah from your location

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

Kurhah - ξ Cephei (xi Cephei) is circumpolar and transits at 21:45 UTC (altitude: 76.9°)

Digitized Sky Survey image of Kurhah

The image below is a photograph of Kurhah 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 Kurhah is 0.209 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.085 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of Kurhah - ξ Cephei (xi Cephei) star
DSS2 image of Kurhah. The red arrow shows the motion of Kurhah during the next 1000 years (3.48 arcmin in Right Ascension and 1.42 arcmin in declination);

Distance of Kurhah from the Sun and relative movement

Kurhah is distant 101.65 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 6 kilometers per second.

31.18 pc
101.65 ly
-6 km/s
0.209 arcsec/year
0.085 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of Kurhah

Kurhah belongs to spectral class A3 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a main-sequence star.


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

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

Kurhah star system properties

Kurhah is a visual double star which can be observed with the help of small or medium telescopes. The table below shows key information about the Kurhah double sysyem:

7.7 arcsec

Alternative designations of Kurhah

ξ Cephei
(xi Cephei)