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ν Centauri (nu Centauri)

Altitude: -24.6°   Azimuth: 233.1°   Direction: South-West

ν Centauri is a variable sub-giant star in the constellation of Centaurus.

ν Centauri visual magnitude is 3.41. Because of its moderate brightness, ν Centauri should be easily visible from locations with dark skies, while it can be barely visible, or not visible at all, from skies affected by light pollution.

The proper motion of ν Centauri is -0.022 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.021 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of ν Centauri (nu Centauri) star
DSS2 image of ν Centauri. The red arrow shows the motion of ν Centauri during the next 10000 years (-3.67 arcmin in Right Ascension and -3.50 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about ν Centauri

3.41
Sub-giant

ν Centauri (nu Centauri) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -24.6°
Azimuth: 233.1°
Direction: South-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of ν Centauri

ν Centauri is situated south of the celestial equator, as such, it is more easily visible from the southern hemisphere. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of ν Centauri are provided in the following table:

13h 49m 30s
-41° 41’ 16”
314.41°
19.89°
Centaurus

The simplified sky map below shows the position of ν Centauri in the sky:

Finder chart ν Centauri (nu Centauri) star
Simplified finder chart for ν Centauri (nu Centauri).

Visibility of ν Centauri from your location

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

ν Centauri (nu Centauri) is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt

Distance of ν Centauri from the Sun and relative movement

ν Centauri is distant 474.53 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 9 kilometers per second.

145.56 pc
474.53 ly
9 km/s
-0.022 arcsec/year
-0.021 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of ν Centauri

ν Centauri belongs to spectral class B2 and has a luminosity class of IV corresponding to a sub-giant star.

-2.41
B2IV
14087K

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

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

Alternative designations of ν Centauri

ν Centauri
(nu Centauri)
SAO224469
SAO224469