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public LocationGreenwich, United Kingdom
Sunrise: 4:42 
Transit: 12:59 
Sunset: 21:16
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π Eridani (pi Eridani)

Below the horizon.  Rise: 6:13 | Tran: 11:09 | Set: 16:05
Altitude: -27.4°   Azimuth: 285.8°   Direction: West-North-West

π Eridani is a variable giant star of spectral class M2 in the constellation of Eridanus.

π Eridani visual magnitude is 4.42. Because of its moderate brightness, π 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 π Eridani

Finder chart π Eridani (pi Eridani) star
Simplified finder chart for π Eridani (pi Eridani).

π 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 π Eridani are provided in the following table:

03h 46m 08s
-12° 06’ 06”
Image of π Eridani (pi Eridani) star
DSS2 image of π Eridani. The red arrow shows the motion of π Eridani during the next 10000 years (8.00 arcmin in Right Ascension and 9.67 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about π Eridani


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


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

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

Distance of π Eridani from the Sun and relative movement

π Eridani is distant 496.95 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 46 kilometers per second.

152.44 pc
496.95 ly
46 km/s
0.048 arcsec/year
0.058 arcsec/year

Alternative designations of π Eridani

π Eridani
(pi Eridani)

Visibility of π Eridani from your location

Today's π Eridani (pi Eridani) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 102.1°
Max altitude: 26.4°
Azimuth: 257.9°