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ζ Crateris (zeta Crateris)

Altitude: -5.2°   Azimuth: 113.1°   Direction: East-South-East

ζ Crateris is a giant star in the constellation of Crater.

ζ Crateris visual magnitude is 4.73. Because of its moderate brightness, ζ Crateris 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 ζ Crateris is 0.031 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.03 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of ζ Crateris (zeta Crateris) star
DSS2 image of ζ Crateris. The red arrow shows the motion of ζ Crateris during the next 10000 years (5.17 arcmin in Right Ascension and -5.00 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about ζ Crateris


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

Altitude: -5.2°
Azimuth: 113.1°
Direction: East-South-East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of ζ Crateris

ζ Crateris 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 ζ Crateris are provided in the following table:

11h 44m 45s
-18° 21’ 02”

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

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

Visibility of ζ Crateris 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 ζ Crateris (zeta Crateris) 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: 108.4°
Max altitude: 20.2°
Azimuth: 251.6°

Distance of ζ Crateris from the Sun and relative movement

ζ Crateris is distant 350.16 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 5 kilometers per second.

107.41 pc
350.16 ly
-5 km/s
0.031 arcsec/year
-0.03 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of ζ Crateris

ζ Crateris belongs to spectral class G8 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


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

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

Alternative designations of ζ Crateris

ζ Crateris
(zeta Crateris)
27 Crateris