ξ Eridani (xi Eridani)
ξ Eridani is a variable main-sequence star in the constellation of Eridanus.
ξ Eridani visual magnitude is 5.17. Because of its reltive faintness, ξ Eridani should be visible only from locations with dark skyes, while it is not visible at all from skyes affected by light pollution.
The table below summarizes the key facts about ξ Eridani:
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of ξ Eridani
ξ Eridani is situated close to the celestial equator, as such, it is at least partly visible from both hemispheres in certain times of the year. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of ξ Eridani are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky map below shows the position of ξ Eridani in the sky:
Visibility of ξ Eridani from your location
Today's ξ Eridani (xi Eridani) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):
Digitized Sky Survey image of ξ Eridani
The image below is a photograph of ξ Eridani 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 ξ Eridani is -0.05 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.057 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.
Distance of ξ Eridani from the Sun and relative movement
ξ Eridani is distant 208.17 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 11 kilometers per second.
Spectral properties of ξ Eridani
ξ Eridani belongs to spectral class A2 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a main-sequence star.
The red dot in the diagram below shows where ξ Eridani is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.