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

Below the horizon.  Never rises today
Altitude: -32.1°   Azimuth: 227.4°   Direction: South-West

τ Puppis is a giant star of spectral class K1 in the constellation of Puppis.

τ Puppis visual magnitude is 2.93. Because of its brightness, τ Puppis 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.

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of τ Puppis

Finder chart τ Puppis (tau Puppis) star
Simplified finder chart for τ Puppis (tau Puppis).

τ 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 τ Puppis are provided in the following table:

06h 49m 56s
-50° 36’ 52”
Image of τ Puppis (tau Puppis) star
DSS2 image of τ Puppis. The red arrow shows the motion of τ Puppis during the next 10000 years (6.00 arcmin in Right Ascension and -11.67 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about τ Puppis


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


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

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

Distance of τ Puppis from the Sun and relative movement

τ Puppis is distant 182.63 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 36 kilometers per second.

56.02 pc
182.63 ly
36 km/s
0.036 arcsec/year
-0.07 arcsec/year

Alternative designations of τ Puppis

τ Puppis
(tau Puppis)

Visibility of τ Puppis from your location

τ Puppis (tau Puppis) is currently not visible from Greenwich, UK