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public Observing fromLocation: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
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clear_day Transit: 12:12  
SunsetSet: 17:25
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ν2 Canis Majoris (nu2 Canis Majoris)

Altitude: 8.4°   Azimuth: 136.2°   Direction: South-East

ν2 Canis Majoris is a variable giant star in the constellation of Canis Major.

ν2 Canis Majoris visual magnitude is 3.95. Because of its moderate brightness, ν2 Canis Majoris should be easily visible from locations with dark skyes, while it can be barely visible, or not visible at all, from skyes affected by light pollution.

The proper motion of ν2 Canis Majoris is 0.059 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.062 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of ν2 Canis Majoris (nu2 Canis Majoris) star
DSS2 image of ν2 Canis Majoris. The red arrow shows the motion of ν2 Canis Majoris during the next 10000 years (9.83 arcmin in Right Ascension and -10.33 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about ν2 Canis Majoris


ν2 Canis Majoris (nu2 Canis Majoris) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 8.4°
Azimuth: 136.2°
Direction: South-East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of ν2 Canis Majoris

ν2 Canis Majoris 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 ν2 Canis Majoris are provided in the following table:

06h 36m 41s
-19° 15’ 20”
Canis Major

The simplified sky map below shows the position of ν2 Canis Majoris in the sky:

Finder chart ν2 Canis Majoris (nu2 Canis Majoris) star
Simplified finder chart for ν2 Canis Majoris (nu2 Canis Majoris).

Visibility of ν2 Canis Majoris 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 ν2 Canis Majoris (nu2 Canis Majoris) 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: 109.3°
Max altitude: 19.3°
Azimuth: 250.7°

Distance of ν2 Canis Majoris from the Sun and relative movement

ν2 Canis Majoris is distant 64.67 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 3 kilometers per second.

19.84 pc
64.67 ly
3 km/s
0.059 arcsec/year
-0.062 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of ν2 Canis Majoris

ν2 Canis Majoris belongs to spectral class K1 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where ν2 Canis Majoris is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of ν2 Canis Majoris. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of ν2 Canis Majoris

ν2 Canis Majoris
(nu2 Canis Majoris)
7 Canis Majoris
Gl 239.1