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public LocationGreenwich, UK
Sunrise: 4:43 
Transit: 13:01 
Sunset: 21:18
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Mintaka - δ Orionis (delta Orionis)

Below the horizon.  Rise: 6:19 | Tran: 12:15 | Set: 18:12
Altitude: -16.8°   Azimuth: 68.2°   Direction: East-North-East

Mintaka, also designated as δ Orionis (delta Orionis), is a variable and multiple bright giant star of spectral class O9 in the constellation of Orion.

Mintaka visual magnitude is 2.23, making it the 67th brightest star in the sky. Because of its brightness, Mintaka is clearly visible to the naked eye when observed from locations with dark skies, and should be also quite easily visible from light polluted areas.

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Mintaka

Finder chart Mintaka - δ Orionis (delta Orionis) star
Simplified finder chart for Mintaka - δ Orionis (delta Orionis).

Mintaka 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 Mintaka are provided in the following table:

05h 32m 00s
-00° 17’ 57”
Image of Mintaka - δ Orionis (delta Orionis) star
DSS2 image of Mintaka. The red arrow shows the motion of Mintaka during the next 100000 years (1.67 arcmin in Right Ascension and -3.33 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about Mintaka

Bright giant

and has a luminosity class of II corresponding to a bright giant star.


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

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

Mintaka star system properties

Mintaka 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 Mintaka double sysyem:

51.7 arcsec

Distance of Mintaka from the Sun and relative movement

Mintaka is distant 915.73 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 16 kilometers per second.

280.90 pc
915.73 ly
16 km/s
0.001 arcsec/year
-0.002 arcsec/year

Alternative designations of Mintaka

δ Orionis
(delta Orionis)

Visibility of Mintaka from your location

Today's Mintaka - δ Orionis (delta Orionis) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, UK are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 90.3°
Max altitude: 38.2°
Azimuth: 269.7°