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ξ Columbae (xi Columbae)

Altitude: -30.9°   Azimuth: 247.8°   Direction: West-South-West

ξ Columbae is a giant star in the constellation of Columba.

ξ Columbae visual magnitude is 4.97. Because of its moderate brightness, ξ Columbae 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 proper motion of ξ Columbae is 0.032 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.026 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of ξ Columbae (xi Columbae) star
DSS2 image of ξ Columbae. The red arrow shows the motion of ξ Columbae during the next 10000 years (5.33 arcmin in Right Ascension and -4.33 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about ξ Columbae


ξ Columbae (xi Columbae) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -30.9°
Azimuth: 247.8°
Direction: West-South-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of ξ Columbae

ξ Columbae 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 ξ Columbae are provided in the following table:

05h 55m 29s
-37° 07’ 14”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of ξ Columbae in the sky:

Finder chart ξ Columbae (xi Columbae) star
Simplified finder chart for ξ Columbae (xi Columbae).

Visibility of ξ Columbae 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 ξ Columbae (xi Columbae) 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: 127.1°
Max altitude: 1.4°
Azimuth: 232.9°

Distance of ξ Columbae from the Sun and relative movement

ξ Columbae is distant 328.30 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 60 kilometers per second.

100.70 pc
328.30 ly
60 km/s
0.032 arcsec/year
-0.026 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of ξ Columbae

ξ Columbae 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 ξ Columbae is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

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

Alternative designations of ξ Columbae

ξ Columbae
(xi Columbae)