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public LocationGreenwich, UK
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φ Centauri (phi Centauri)

Below the horizon.  Never rises today
Altitude: -6.9°   Azimuth: 201.2°   Direction: South-South-West

φ Centauri is a variable sub-giant star of spectral class B2 in the constellation of Centaurus.

φ Centauri visual magnitude is 3.83. Because of its moderate brightness, φ Centauri 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.

φ Centauri is situated south of the celestial equator, as such, it is more easily visible from the southern hemisphere.

Image of φ Centauri (phi Centauri) star
DSS2 image of φ Centauri. The red arrow shows the motion of φ Centauri during the next 10000 years (-4.00 arcmin in Right Ascension and -3.50 arcmin in declination);

Apparent Coordinates

13h 59m 46s
-42° 13’ 09”

J2000 Coordinates

13h 58m 16s
-42° 06’ 02”

Galactic Coordinates


Finder Chart

Finder chart φ Centauri (phi Centauri) star
Simplified finder chart for φ Centauri (phi Centauri).

Magnitude, Color, Spectral Class



The red dot in the diagram below shows where φ Centauri is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

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

Distance, Radial Speed, Proper Motion

φ Centauri is distant 465.05 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 6 kilometers per second.

142.65 pc
465.05 ly
6 km/s
-0.024 arcsec/y
-0.021 "/y

Alternative Designations

φ Centauri
(phi Centauri)

Visibility from Your Location

φ Centauri (phi Centauri) is currently not visible from Greenwich, UK