τ Sagittarii (tau Sagittarii)
τ Sagittarii is a giant star in the constellation of Sagittarius.
τ Sagittarii visual magnitude is 3.32. Because of its moderate brightness, τ Sagittarii should be easily visible from locations with dark skyes, while it can be barely visible, or not visible at all, from skyes affected by light pollution.
The table below summarizes the key facts about τ Sagittarii:
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of τ Sagittarii
τ Sagittarii is situated south of the celestial equator, as such, it is more easily visible from the southern emisphere. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of τ Sagittarii are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky map below shows the position of τ Sagittarii in the sky:
Visibility of τ Sagittarii from your location
Digitized Sky Survey image of τ Sagittarii
The image below is a photograph of τ Sagittarii 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 τ Sagittarii is -0.053 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.251 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.
Distance of τ Sagittarii from the Sun and relative movement
τ Sagittarii is distant 120.34 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 45 kilometers per second.
Spectral properties of τ Sagittarii
τ Sagittarii 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 τ Sagittarii is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.