ξ2 Canis Majoris (xi2 Canis Majoris)
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 skyes, while it can be barely visible, or not visible at all, from skyes affected by light pollution.
The table below summarizes the key facts about ξ2 Canis Majoris:
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:
The simplified sky map below shows the position of ξ2 Canis Majoris in the sky:
Visibility of ξ2 Canis Majoris from your location
Today's ξ2 Canis Majoris (xi2 Canis Majoris) 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 ξ2 Canis Majoris
The image below is a photograph of ξ2 Canis Majoris 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 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.
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.
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.