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🌎  Observing from: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
🌅 Sunrise: 6:36  ☀️ Transit: 13:02  🌅 Sunset: 19:29

Muliphein - γ Canis Majoris (gamma Canis Majoris)

Muliphein, also designated as γ Canis Majoris (gamma Canis Majoris), is a bright giant star in the constellation of Canis Major.

Muliphein visual magnitude is 4.12. Because of its moderate brightness, Muliphein should be easily visible from locations with dark skyes, while it can be barely visible, or not visible at all, from skyes affected by light pollution.

The table below summarizes the key facts about Muliphein:

Bright giant
Muliphein - γ Canis Majoris (gamma Canis Majoris) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. Altitude: 19°.

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Muliphein

Muliphein 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 Muliphein are provided in the following table:

07h 03m 45s
-15° 37’ 59”
Canis Major

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

Finder chart Muliphein - γ Canis Majoris (gamma Canis Majoris) star
Simplified finder chart for Muliphein - γ Canis Majoris (gamma Canis Majoris).

Visibility of Muliphein from your location

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

Today's Muliphein - γ Canis Majoris (gamma Canis Majoris) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 105.6°
Max altitude: 22.9°
Azimuth: 254.4°
Muliphein - γ Canis Majoris (gamma Canis Majoris) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

Digitized Sky Survey image of Muliphein

The image below is a photograph of Muliphein 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 Muliphein is -0.002 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.008 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 100000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of Muliphein - γ Canis Majoris (gamma Canis Majoris) star
DSS2 image of Muliphein. The red arrow shows the motion of Muliphein during the next 100000 years (-3.33 arcmin in Right Ascension and -13.33 arcmin in declination);

Distance of Muliphein from the Sun and relative movement

Muliphein is distant 401.97 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 32 kilometers per second.

123.30 pc
401.97 ly
32 km/s
-0.002 arcsec/year
-0.008 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of Muliphein

Muliphein belongs to spectral class B8 and has a luminosity class of II corresponding to a bright giant star.


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

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

Alternative designations of Muliphein

γ Canis Majoris
(gamma Canis Majoris)
23 Canis Majoris