τ Centauri (tau Centauri)
τ Centauri is a main-sequence star in the constellation of Centaurus.
τ Centauri visual magnitude is 3.86. Because of its moderate brightness, τ Centauri should be easily visible from locations with dark skies, while it can be barely visible, or not visible at all, from skies affected by light pollution.
The proper motion of τ Centauri is -0.184 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.005 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.
Key facts about τ Centauri
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of τ Centauri
τ Centauri 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 τ Centauri are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky map below shows the position of τ Centauri in the sky:
Visibility of τ Centauri from your location
Distance of τ Centauri from the Sun and relative movement
τ Centauri is distant 131.61 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 5 kilometers per second.
Spectral properties of τ Centauri
τ Centauri belongs to spectral class A2 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a main-sequence star.
The red dot in the diagram below shows where τ Centauri is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.