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μ2 Cancri (mu2 Cancri)

Altitude: 13.9°   Azimuth: 287.3°   Direction: West-North-West

μ2 Cancri is a sub-giant star in the constellation of Cancer.

μ2 Cancri visual magnitude is 5.3. Because of its reltive faintness, μ2 Cancri should be visible only from locations with dark skyes, while it is not visible at all from skyes affected by light pollution.

The table below summarizes the key facts about μ2 Cancri:


μ2 Cancri (mu2 Cancri) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 13.9°
Azimuth: 287.3°
Direction: West-North-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of μ2 Cancri

μ2 Cancri 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 μ2 Cancri are provided in the following table:

08h 07m 45s
+21° 34’ 54”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of μ2 Cancri in the sky:

Finder chart μ2 Cancri (mu2 Cancri) star
Simplified finder chart for μ2 Cancri (mu2 Cancri).

Visibility of μ2 Cancri from your location

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

Today's μ2 Cancri (mu2 Cancri) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 68.4°
Max altitude: 60.1°
Azimuth: 291.6°

Digitized Sky Survey image of μ2 Cancri

The image below is a photograph of μ2 Cancri 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 μ2 Cancri is 0.022 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.069 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of μ2 Cancri (mu2 Cancri) star
DSS2 image of μ2 Cancri. The red arrow shows the motion of μ2 Cancri during the next 10000 years (3.67 arcmin in Right Ascension and -11.50 arcmin in declination);

Distance of μ2 Cancri from the Sun and relative movement

μ2 Cancri is distant 76.06 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 36 kilometers per second.

23.33 pc
76.06 ly
-36 km/s
0.022 arcsec/year
-0.069 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of μ2 Cancri

μ2 Cancri belongs to spectral class G1 and has a luminosity class of IV corresponding to a sub-giant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where μ2 Cancri is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of μ2 Cancri. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of μ2 Cancri

μ2 Cancri
(mu2 Cancri)