Menkalinan - β Aurigae (beta Aurigae)
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 skyes, and should be also quite easily visible from light polluted areas.
The table below summarizes the key facts about Menkalinan:
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:
The simplified sky map below shows the position of Menkalinan in the sky:
Visibility of Menkalinan from your location
Menkalinan - β Aurigae (beta Aurigae) is circumpolar and transits at 08:40 UTC (altitude: 83.5°)
Digitized Sky Survey image of Menkalinan
The image below is a photograph of Menkalinan 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 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.
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.
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.
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: