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Sunrise: 4:43 
Transit: 13:01 
Sunset: 21:18
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ν Eridani (nu Eridani)

Below the horizon.  Rise: 5:42 | Tran: 11:24 | Set: 17:05
Altitude: -41.8°   Azimuth: 2.7°   Direction: North

ν Eridani is a variable and double giant star of spectral class B2 in the constellation of Eridanus.

ν Eridani visual magnitude is 3.93. Because of its moderate brightness, ν Eridani 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 Eridani

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

ν Eridani 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 Eridani are provided in the following table:

04h 36m 19s
-03° 21’ 09”
Image of ν Eridani (nu Eridani) star
DSS2 image of ν Eridani. The red arrow shows the motion of ν Eridani during the next 100000 years (3.33 arcmin in Right Ascension and -8.33 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about ν Eridani


and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


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

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

ν Eridani star system properties

ν Eridani is a visual double star which can be observed only with the help of very large telescopes. The table below shows key information about the ν Eridani double sysyem:

50.9 arcsec

Distance of ν Eridani from the Sun and relative movement

ν Eridani is distant 586.33 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 15 kilometers per second.

179.86 pc
586.33 ly
15 km/s
0.002 arcsec/year
-0.005 arcsec/year

Alternative designations of ν Eridani

ν Eridani
(nu Eridani)

Visibility of ν Eridani from your location

Today's ν Eridani (nu Eridani) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, UK are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 93.4°
Max altitude: 35.2°
Azimuth: 266.6°