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ν Scorpii (nu Scorpii)

Altitude: 11.3°   Azimuth: 217.2°   Direction: South-West

ν Scorpii is a multiple main-sequence star in the constellation of Scorpius.

ν Scorpii visual magnitude is 6.3. Because of its reltive faintness, ν Scorpii should be visible only from locations with dark skyes, while it is not visible at all from skyes affected by light pollution.

The table below summarizes the key facts about ν Scorpii:


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

Altitude: 11.3°
Azimuth: 217.2°
Direction: South-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of ν Scorpii

ν Scorpii 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 Scorpii are provided in the following table:

16h 11m 58s
-19° 26’ 58”

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

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

Visibility of ν Scorpii 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 Scorpii (nu Scorpii) 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: 109.4°
Max altitude: 19.1°
Azimuth: 250.6°

Digitized Sky Survey image of ν Scorpii

The image below is a photograph of ν Scorpii 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 ν Scorpii is -0.01 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.009 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of ν Scorpii (nu Scorpii) star
DSS2 image of ν Scorpii. The red arrow shows the motion of ν Scorpii during the next 10000 years (-1.67 arcmin in Right Ascension and -1.50 arcmin in declination);

Spectral properties of ν Scorpii

ν Scorpii belongs to spectral class B8 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a main-sequence star. ν Scorpii is also a Si chemically peculiar star.


ν Scorpii star system properties

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

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Alternative designations of ν Scorpii

ν Scorpii
(nu Scorpii)