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π2 Cancri (pi2 Cancri)

Altitude: -23.2°   Azimuth: 351.3°   Direction: North

π2 Cancri is a giant star in the constellation of Cancer.

π2 Cancri visual magnitude is 5.34. Because of its reltive faintness, π2 Cancri 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 π2 Cancri:


π2 Cancri (pi2 Cancri) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -23.2°
Azimuth: 351.3°
Direction: North

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of π2 Cancri

π2 Cancri 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 π2 Cancri are provided in the following table:

09h 15m 13s
+14° 56’ 29”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of π2 Cancri in the sky:

Finder chart π2 Cancri (pi2 Cancri) star
Simplified finder chart for π2 Cancri (pi2 Cancri).

Visibility of π2 Cancri 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 π2 Cancri (pi2 Cancri) 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: 75.1°
Max altitude: 53.5°
Azimuth: 284.9°

Digitized Sky Survey image of π2 Cancri

The image below is a photograph of π2 Cancri 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 π2 Cancri is -0.044 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.012 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of π2 Cancri (pi2 Cancri) star
DSS2 image of π2 Cancri. The red arrow shows the motion of π2 Cancri during the next 10000 years (-7.33 arcmin in Right Ascension and -2.00 arcmin in declination);

Distance of π2 Cancri from the Sun and relative movement

π2 Cancri is distant 701.08 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 26 kilometers per second.

215.05 pc
701.08 ly
26 km/s
-0.044 arcsec/year
-0.012 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of π2 Cancri

π2 Cancri 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 π2 Cancri is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of π2 Cancri. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of π2 Cancri

π2 Cancri
(pi2 Cancri)