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public LocationGreenwich, UK
Sunrise: 4:42 
Transit: 13:00 
Sunset: 21:18
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σ Puppis (sigma Puppis)

Below the horizon.  Never rises today
Altitude: -7.6°   Azimuth: 160.8°   Direction: South-South-East

σ Puppis is a double giant star of spectral class K5 in the constellation of Puppis.

σ Puppis visual magnitude is 3.25. Because of its moderate brightness, σ Puppis 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 σ Puppis

Finder chart σ Puppis (sigma Puppis) star
Simplified finder chart for σ Puppis (sigma Puppis).

σ 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 σ Puppis are provided in the following table:

07h 29m 13s
-43° 18’ 05”
Image of σ Puppis (sigma Puppis) star
DSS2 image of σ Puppis. The red arrow shows the motion of σ Puppis during the next 1000 years (-0.92 arcmin in Right Ascension and 3.12 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about σ Puppis


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


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

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

σ Puppis star system properties

σ 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 σ Puppis double sysyem:

22.3 arcsec

Distance of σ Puppis from the Sun and relative movement

σ Puppis is distant 183.77 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 88 kilometers per second.

56.37 pc
183.77 ly
88 km/s
-0.055 arcsec/year
0.187 arcsec/year

Alternative designations of σ Puppis

σ Puppis
(sigma Puppis)

Visibility of σ Puppis from your location

σ Puppis (sigma Puppis) is currently not visible from Greenwich, UK