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public LocationGreenwich, UK
Sunrise: 5:01 
Transit: 13:04 
Sunset: 21:06
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μ Canis Majoris (mu Canis Majoris)

Above the horizon.  Rise: 7:33 | Tran: 12:18 | Set: 17:03
Alt: 21.02°   Az: 154.31°   Direction: South-South-East

μ Canis Majoris is a multiple giant star of spectral class G5 in the constellation of Canis Major.

μ Canis Majoris visual magnitude is 5. Because of its moderate brightness, μ Canis Majoris is easily visible to the naked eye from locations with dark skies, while it might be barely visible, or not visible at all, from light-polluted skies.

μ Canis Majoris is situated close to the celestial equator, as such, it is at least partly visible from both hemispheres in certain times of the year.

Image of μ Canis Majoris (mu Canis Majoris) star
DSS2 image of μ Canis Majoris. The red arrow shows the motion of μ Canis Majoris during the next 100000 years (-1.67 arcmin in Right Ascension and 8.33 arcmin in declination);

Celestial Coordinates


06h 57m 14s
-14° 04’ 37”
22h 21m 23s
05h 18m 37s


06h 56m 06s
-14° 02’ 36”

Galactic Coordinates


Finder Chart

Finder chart μ Canis Majoris (mu Canis Majoris) star
Simplified finder chart for μ Canis Majoris (mu Canis Majoris).

Magnitude, Color, Spectral Class



The red dot in the diagram below shows where μ Canis Majoris is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

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

Star System Properties

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

2.8 arcsec

Distance, Radial Speed, Proper Motion

μ Canis Majoris is distant 908.08 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 19 kilometers per second.

278.55 pc
908.08 ly
19 km/s
-0.001 arcsec/y
0.005 "/y

Alternative Designations

μ Canis Majoris
(mu Canis Majoris)
18 Canis Majoris

Visibility from Your Location

Today's μ Canis Majoris (mu Canis Majoris) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, UK are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 104.1°
Max altitude: 24.4°
Azimuth: 255.9°