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Wezen - δ Canis Majoris (delta Canis Majoris)

Altitude: -51.9°   Azimuth: 296.5°   Direction: West-North-West

Wezen, also designated as δ Canis Majoris (delta Canis Majoris), is a variable supergiant star in the constellation of Canis Major.

Wezen visual magnitude is 1.84, making it the 35th brightest star in the sky. Thanks to its high brightness, Wezen is clearly visible when observed from locations with dark skyes, and should be also quite easily visible from light polluted areas.

The table below summarizes the key facts about Wezen:


Wezen - δ Canis Majoris (delta Canis Majoris) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -51.9°
Azimuth: 296.5°
Direction: West-North-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Wezen

Wezen 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 Wezen are provided in the following table:

07h 08m 23s
-26° 23’ 35”
Canis Major

The simplified sky map below shows the position of Wezen in the sky:

Finder chart Wezen - δ Canis Majoris (delta Canis Majoris) star
Simplified finder chart for Wezen - δ Canis Majoris (delta Canis Majoris).

Visibility of Wezen from your location

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's Wezen - δ Canis Majoris (delta Canis Majoris) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 116.4°
Max altitude: 12.1°
Azimuth: 243.6°

Digitized Sky Survey image of Wezen

The image below is a photograph of Wezen 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 Wezen is -0.003 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.004 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 100000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of Wezen - δ Canis Majoris (delta Canis Majoris) star
DSS2 image of Wezen. The red arrow shows the motion of Wezen during the next 100000 years (-5.00 arcmin in Right Ascension and 6.67 arcmin in declination);

Distance of Wezen from the Sun and relative movement

Wezen is distant 1,791.21 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 34 kilometers per second.

549.45 pc
1,791.21 ly
34 km/s
-0.003 arcsec/year
0.004 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of Wezen

Wezen belongs to spectral class F8 and has a luminosity class of I corresponding to a supergiant star.


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

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

Alternative designations of Wezen

δ Canis Majoris
(delta Canis Majoris)
25 Canis Majoris