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ξ2 Centauri (xi2 Centauri)

ξ2 Centauri is a double main-sequence star in the constellation of Centaurus.

ξ2 Centauri visual magnitude is 4.27. Because of its moderate brightness, ξ2 Centauri 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 Centauri:

ξ2 Centauri (xi2 Centauri) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of ξ2 Centauri

ξ2 Centauri is situated south of the celestial equator, as such, it is more easily visible from the southern emisphere. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of ξ2 Centauri are provided in the following table:

13h 06m 54s
-49° 54’ 21”

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

Finder chart ξ2 Centauri (xi2 Centauri) star
Simplified finder chart for ξ2 Centauri (xi2 Centauri).

Visibility of ξ2 Centauri from your location

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

ξ2 Centauri (xi2 Centauri) is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Digitized Sky Survey image of ξ2 Centauri

The image below is a photograph of ξ2 Centauri 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 Centauri is -0.026 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.012 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of ξ2 Centauri (xi2 Centauri) star
DSS2 image of ξ2 Centauri. The red arrow shows the motion of ξ2 Centauri during the next 10000 years (-4.33 arcmin in Right Ascension and -2.00 arcmin in declination);

Distance of ξ2 Centauri from the Sun and relative movement

ξ2 Centauri is distant 411.62 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 14 kilometers per second.

126.26 pc
411.62 ly
14 km/s
-0.026 arcsec/year
-0.012 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of ξ2 Centauri

ξ2 Centauri belongs to spectral class B1 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a main-sequence star.


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

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

ξ2 Centauri star system properties

ξ2 Centauri is a visual double star which can be observed with the help of small or medium telescopes. The table below shows key information about the ξ2 Centauri double sysyem:

25.1 arcsec

Alternative designations of ξ2 Centauri

ξ2 Centauri
(xi2 Centauri)