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public LocationGreenwich, UK
Sunrise: 4:58 
Transit: 13:04 
Sunset: 21:09
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ξ1 Ceti (xi1 Ceti)

Below the horizon.  Rise: 1:03 | Tran: 7:46 | Set: 14:29
Altitude: -29.7°   Azimuth: 1.9°   Direction: North

ξ1 Ceti is a variable and double bright giant star of spectral class G6 in the constellation of Cetus.

ξ1 Ceti visual magnitude is 4.37. Because of its moderate brightness, ξ1 Ceti is easily visible to the naked eye from locations with dark skies, while it might be barely visible, or not visible at all, from light-polluted skies.

ξ1 Ceti is situated close to the celestial equator, as such, it is at least partly visible from both hemispheres in certain times of the year.

Image of ξ1 Ceti (xi1 Ceti) star
DSS2 image of ξ1 Ceti. The red arrow shows the motion of ξ1 Ceti during the next 10000 years (-3.67 arcmin in Right Ascension and -1.50 arcmin in declination);

Apparent Coordinates

02h 14m 18s
+08° 57’ 38”
12h 05m 16s

J2000 Coordinates

02h 13m 00s
+08° 50’ 48”

Galactic Coordinates


Finder Chart

Finder chart ξ1 Ceti (xi1 Ceti) star
Simplified finder chart for ξ1 Ceti (xi1 Ceti).

Magnitude, Color, Spectral Class

Bright giant


The red dot in the diagram below shows where ξ1 Ceti is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of ξ1 Ceti. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Star System Properties

ξ1 Ceti is a visual double star which can be observed only with the help of very large telescopes. The table below shows key information about the ξ1 Ceti double sysyem:

0 arcsec

Distance, Radial Speed, Proper Motion

ξ1 Ceti is distant 361.82 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 4 kilometers per second.

110.99 pc
361.82 ly
-4 km/s
-0.022 arcsec/y
-0.009 "/y

Alternative Designations

ξ1 Ceti
(xi1 Ceti)

Visibility from Your Location

Today's ξ1 Ceti (xi1 Ceti) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, UK are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 81.2°
Max altitude: 47.4°
Azimuth: 278.8°