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Menkalinan - β Aurigae (beta Aurigae)

Altitude: 50.5°   Azimuth: 74.9°   Direction: East-North-East

Menkalinan, also designated as β Aurigae (beta Aurigae), is a variable and multiple sub-giant star in the constellation of Auriga.

Menkalinan visual magnitude is 1.9, making it the 40th brightest star in the sky. Thanks to its high brightness, Menkalinan is clearly visible when observed from locations with dark skies, and should be also quite easily visible from light polluted areas.

The proper motion of Menkalinan is -0.057 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of Menkalinan - β Aurigae (beta Aurigae) star
DSS2 image of Menkalinan. The red arrow shows the motion of Menkalinan during the next 10000 years (-9.50 arcmin in Right Ascension and 0.00 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about Menkalinan


Menkalinan - β Aurigae (beta Aurigae) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 50.5°
Azimuth: 74.9°
Direction: East-North-East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Menkalinan

Menkalinan is situated north of the celestial equator, as such, it is more easily visible from the northern hemisphere. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of Menkalinan are provided in the following table:

05h 59m 31s
+44° 56’ 50”

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

Finder chart Menkalinan - β Aurigae (beta Aurigae) star
Simplified finder chart for Menkalinan - β Aurigae (beta Aurigae).

Visibility of Menkalinan from your location

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

Menkalinan - β Aurigae (beta Aurigae) is circumpolar and transits at 19:19 UTC (altitude: 83.5°)

Distance of Menkalinan from the Sun and relative movement

Menkalinan is distant 82.07 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 18 kilometers per second.

25.18 pc
82.07 ly
-18 km/s
-0.057 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of Menkalinan

Menkalinan belongs to spectral class A2 and has a luminosity class of IV corresponding to a sub-giant star.


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

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

Menkalinan star system properties

Menkalinan 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 Menkalinan double sysyem:

184.6 arcsec

Alternative designations of Menkalinan

β Aurigae
(beta Aurigae)