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clear_day Transit: 12:10  
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ν Ceti (nu Ceti)

Altitude: 33.0°   Azimuth: 129.0°   Direction: South-East

ν Ceti is a double giant star in the constellation of Cetus.

ν Ceti visual magnitude is 4.86. Because of its moderate brightness, ν Ceti 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 Ceti is -0.026 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.025 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of ν Ceti (nu Ceti) star
DSS2 image of ν Ceti. The red arrow shows the motion of ν Ceti during the next 10000 years (-4.33 arcmin in Right Ascension and -4.17 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about ν Ceti


ν Ceti (nu Ceti) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 33.0°
Azimuth: 129.0°
Direction: South-East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of ν Ceti

ν Ceti 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 ν Ceti are provided in the following table:

02h 35m 52s
+05° 35’ 35”

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

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

Visibility of ν Ceti 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 ν Ceti (nu Ceti) 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: 84.4°
Max altitude: 44.1°
Azimuth: 275.6°

Distance of ν Ceti from the Sun and relative movement

ν Ceti is distant 371.72 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 5 kilometers per second.

114.03 pc
371.72 ly
5 km/s
-0.026 arcsec/year
-0.025 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of ν Ceti

ν Ceti belongs to spectral class G8 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


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

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

ν Ceti star system properties

ν Ceti is a visual double star which can be observed with the help of small or medium telescopes. The table below shows key information about the ν Ceti double sysyem:

8.1 arcsec

Alternative designations of ν Ceti

ν Ceti
(nu Ceti)