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Wurren - ζ Phoenicis (zeta Phoenicis)

Altitude: -77.6°   Azimuth: 115.4°   Direction: East-South-East

Wurren, also designated as ζ Phoenicis (zeta Phoenicis), is a variable and multiple main-sequence star in the constellation of Phoenix.

Wurren visual magnitude is 3.92. Because of its moderate brightness, Wurren 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 Wurren is 0.019 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.025 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of Wurren - ζ Phoenicis (zeta Phoenicis) star
DSS2 image of Wurren. The red arrow shows the motion of Wurren during the next 10000 years (3.17 arcmin in Right Ascension and 4.17 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about Wurren


Wurren - ζ Phoenicis (zeta Phoenicis) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -77.6°
Azimuth: 115.4°
Direction: East-South-East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Wurren

Wurren 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 Wurren are provided in the following table:

01h 08m 23s
-55° 14’ 44”

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

Finder chart Wurren - ζ Phoenicis (zeta Phoenicis) star
Simplified finder chart for Wurren - ζ Phoenicis (zeta Phoenicis).

Visibility of Wurren from your location

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

Wurren - ζ Phoenicis (zeta Phoenicis) is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt

Distance of Wurren from the Sun and relative movement

Wurren is distant 279.59 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 15 kilometers per second.

85.76 pc
279.59 ly
15 km/s
0.019 arcsec/year
0.025 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of Wurren

Wurren belongs to spectral class B6 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a main-sequence star.


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

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

Wurren star system properties

Wurren 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 Wurren double sysyem:

6.6 arcsec

Alternative designations of Wurren

ζ Phoenicis
(zeta Phoenicis)