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Markeb - κ Velorum (kappa Velorum)

Altitude: -16.6°   Azimuth: 176.8°   Direction: South

Markeb, also designated as κ Velorum (kappa Velorum), is a sub-giant star in the constellation of Vela.

Markeb visual magnitude is 2.5, making it the 92th brightest star in the sky. Thanks to its high brightness, Markeb is clearly visible when observed from locations with dark skyes, and should be also quite easily visible from light polluted areas.

The proper motion of Markeb is -0.008 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.009 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 100000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of Markeb - κ Velorum (kappa Velorum) star
DSS2 image of Markeb. The red arrow shows the motion of Markeb during the next 100000 years (-13.33 arcmin in Right Ascension and 15.00 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about Markeb


Markeb - κ Velorum (kappa Velorum) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -16.6°
Azimuth: 176.8°
Direction: South

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Markeb

Markeb 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 Markeb are provided in the following table:

09h 22m 06s
-55° 00’ 38”

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

Finder chart Markeb - κ Velorum (kappa Velorum) star
Simplified finder chart for Markeb - κ Velorum (kappa Velorum).

Visibility of Markeb from your location

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

Markeb - κ Velorum (kappa Velorum) is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt

Distance of Markeb from the Sun and relative movement

Markeb is distant 538.84 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 22 kilometers per second.

165.29 pc
538.84 ly
22 km/s
-0.008 arcsec/year
0.009 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of Markeb

Markeb belongs to spectral class B2 and has a luminosity class of IV corresponding to a sub-giant star.


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

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

Alternative designations of Markeb

κ Velorum
(kappa Velorum)