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ζ Doradus (zeta Doradus)

Altitude: -81.6°   Azimuth: 139.7°   Direction: South-East

ζ Doradus is a main-sequence star in the constellation of Dorado.

ζ Doradus visual magnitude is 4.72. Because of its moderate brightness, ζ Doradus 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 ζ Doradus:


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

Altitude: -81.6°
Azimuth: 139.7°
Direction: South-East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of ζ Doradus

ζ Doradus 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 Doradus are provided in the following table:

05h 05m 30s
-57° 28’ 22”

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

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

Visibility of ζ Doradus from your location

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

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

Digitized Sky Survey image of ζ Doradus

The image below is a photograph of ζ Doradus 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 Doradus is -0.03 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.115 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of ζ Doradus (zeta Doradus) star
DSS2 image of ζ Doradus. The red arrow shows the motion of ζ Doradus during the next 1000 years (-0.50 arcmin in Right Ascension and 1.92 arcmin in declination);

Distance of ζ Doradus from the Sun and relative movement

ζ Doradus is distant 37.98 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 2 kilometers per second.

11.65 pc
37.98 ly
-2 km/s
-0.03 arcsec/year
0.115 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of ζ Doradus

ζ Doradus belongs to spectral class F7 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a main-sequence star.


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

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

Alternative designations of ζ Doradus

ζ Doradus
(zeta Doradus)