π Puppis (pi Puppis)
π Puppis is a variable and double supergiant star in the constellation of Puppis.
π Puppis visual magnitude is 2.7. Thanks to its high brightness, π Puppis is clearly visible when observed from locations with dark skyes, and should be also quite easily visible from light polluted areas.
The table below summarizes the key facts about π Puppis:
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of π Puppis
π Puppis is situated south of the celestial equator, as such, it is more easily visible from the southern hemisphere. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of π Puppis are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky map below shows the position of π Puppis in the sky:
Visibility of π Puppis from your location
Today's π Puppis (pi Puppis) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):
Digitized Sky Survey image of π Puppis
The image below is a photograph of π Puppis 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 π Puppis is -0.009 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.004 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 100000 years is represented with the red arrow.
Distance of π Puppis from the Sun and relative movement
π Puppis is distant 1,093.96 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 16 kilometers per second.
Spectral properties of π Puppis
π Puppis belongs to spectral class K3 and has a luminosity class of I corresponding to a supergiant star.
The red dot in the diagram below shows where π Puppis is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.
π Puppis star system properties
π Puppis is a visual double star which can be observed with the help of small or medium telescopes. The table below shows key information about the π Puppis double sysyem: