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ζ Centauri (zeta Centauri)

Altitude: -30.6°   Azimuth: 128.9°   Direction: South-East

ζ Centauri is a sub-giant star in the constellation of Centaurus.

ζ Centauri visual magnitude is 2.55. Thanks to its high brightness, ζ Centauri is clearly visible when observed from locations with dark skyes, and should be also quite easily visible from light polluted areas.

The table below summarizes the key facts about ζ Centauri:


ζ Centauri (zeta Centauri) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -30.6°
Azimuth: 128.9°
Direction: South-East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of ζ Centauri

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

13h 55m 32s
-47° 17’ 17”

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

Finder chart ζ Centauri (zeta Centauri) star
Simplified finder chart for ζ Centauri (zeta Centauri).

Visibility of ζ Centauri from your location

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

ζ Centauri (zeta Centauri) is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt

Digitized Sky Survey image of ζ Centauri

The image below is a photograph of ζ 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 ζ Centauri is -0.057 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.042 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of ζ Centauri (zeta Centauri) star
DSS2 image of ζ Centauri. The red arrow shows the motion of ζ Centauri during the next 10000 years (-9.50 arcmin in Right Ascension and -7.00 arcmin in declination);

Distance of ζ Centauri from the Sun and relative movement

ζ Centauri is distant 384.43 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 7 kilometers per second.

117.92 pc
384.43 ly
7 km/s
-0.057 arcsec/year
-0.042 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of ζ Centauri

ζ Centauri belongs to spectral class B2 and has a luminosity class of IV corresponding to a sub-giant star.


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

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

Alternative designations of ζ Centauri

ζ Centauri
(zeta Centauri)