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public LocationGreenwich, UK
TimezoneEurope/London
Sunrise: 5:12 
Transit: 13:06 
Sunset: 20:59
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Saiph - κ Orionis (kappa Orionis)

Above the horizon.  Rise: 5:33 | Tran: 10:42 | Set: 15:51
Alt: 13.10°   Az: 124.69°   Direction: South-East

Saiph, also designated as κ Orionis (kappa Orionis), is a variable hypergiant star of spectral class B0 in the constellation of Orion.

Saiph visual magnitude is 2.06, making it the 56th brightest star in the sky. Because of its brightness, Saiph is clearly visible to the naked eye when observed from locations with dark skies, and should be also quite easily visible from light polluted areas.

Image of Saiph - κ Orionis (kappa Orionis) star
DSS2 image of Saiph. The red arrow shows the motion of Saiph during the next 100000 years (3.33 arcmin in Right Ascension and -3.33 arcmin in declination);

Celestial Coordinates

Apparent

05h 48m 55s
-09° 39’ 45”
20h 22m 40s
02h 11m 35s

J2000

05h 47m 45s
-09° 40’ 10”

Galactic Coordinates

214.51°
-18.5°

Finder Chart

Finder chart Saiph - κ Orionis (kappa Orionis) star
Simplified finder chart for Saiph - κ Orionis (kappa Orionis).

Magnitude, Color, Spectral Class

2.06
Hypergiant

-4.66
B0I
12902K

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

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

Distance, Radial Speed, Proper Motion

Saiph is distant 721.24 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 21 kilometers per second.

221.24
721.24
21 km/s
0.002 arcsec/y
-0.002"/y

Alternative Designations

Saiph
κ Orionis
(kappa Orionis)
SAO132542
SAO132542

Visibility from Your Location

Today's Saiph - κ Orionis (kappa Orionis) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, UK are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 99.7°
Max altitude: 28.9°
Azimuth: 260.3°