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ν Cephei (nu Cephei)

Above the horizon.  Circumpolar today
Altitude: 43.9°   Azimuth: 317.9°   Direction: North-West

ν Cephei is a variable supergiant star of spectral class A2 in the constellation of Cepheus.

ν Cephei visual magnitude is 4.29. Because of its moderate brightness, ν Cephei 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.

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of ν Cephei

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

ν Cephei is situated close to the northern celestial pole and, as such, it is visible for most part of the year from the northern hemisphere. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of ν Cephei are provided in the following table:

21h 45m 26s
+61° 07’ 14”
Image of ν Cephei (nu Cephei) star
DSS2 image of ν Cephei. The red arrow shows the motion of ν Cephei during the next 100000 years (-5.00 arcmin in Right Ascension and -5.00 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about ν Cephei


and has a luminosity class of I corresponding to a supergiant star.


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

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

Distance of ν Cephei from the Sun and relative movement

ν Cephei is distant 5,093.75 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 21 kilometers per second.

1,562.50 pc
5,093.75 ly
-21 km/s
-0.003 arcsec/year
-0.003 arcsec/year

Alternative designations of ν Cephei

ν Cephei
(nu Cephei)

Visibility of ν Cephei from your location

ν Cephei (nu Cephei) is circumpolar and transits at 03:30 UTC (altitude: 80.4°)