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ξ2 Canis Majoris (xi2 Canis Majoris)

Altitude: 14.3°   Azimuth: 195.0°   Direction: South-South-West

ξ2 Canis Majoris is a hypergiant star in the constellation of Canis Major.

ξ2 Canis Majoris visual magnitude is 4.54. Because of its moderate brightness, ξ2 Canis Majoris 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 ξ2 Canis Majoris is 0.011 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.016 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of ξ2 Canis Majoris (xi2 Canis Majoris) star
DSS2 image of ξ2 Canis Majoris. The red arrow shows the motion of ξ2 Canis Majoris during the next 10000 years (1.83 arcmin in Right Ascension and 2.67 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about ξ2 Canis Majoris


ξ2 Canis Majoris (xi2 Canis Majoris) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 14.3°
Azimuth: 195.0°
Direction: South-South-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of ξ2 Canis Majoris

ξ2 Canis Majoris 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 ξ2 Canis Majoris are provided in the following table:

06h 35m 03s
-22° 57’ 52”
Canis Major

The simplified sky map below shows the position of ξ2 Canis Majoris in the sky:

Finder chart ξ2 Canis Majoris (xi2 Canis Majoris) star
Simplified finder chart for ξ2 Canis Majoris (xi2 Canis Majoris).

Visibility of ξ2 Canis Majoris 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 ξ2 Canis Majoris (xi2 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: 113.0°
Max altitude: 15.6°
Azimuth: 247.0°

Distance of ξ2 Canis Majoris from the Sun and relative movement

ξ2 Canis Majoris is distant 411.62 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 26 kilometers per second.

126.26 pc
411.62 ly
26 km/s
0.011 arcsec/year
0.016 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of ξ2 Canis Majoris

ξ2 Canis Majoris belongs to spectral class A0 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a hypergiant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where ξ2 Canis Majoris is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of ξ2 Canis Majoris. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of ξ2 Canis Majoris

ξ2 Canis Majoris
(xi2 Canis Majoris)
5 Canis Majoris