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Zibal - ζ Eridani (zeta Eridani)

Zibal, also designated as ζ Eridani (zeta Eridani), is a variable star in the constellation of Eridanus.

Zibal visual magnitude is 4.8. Because of its moderate brightness, Zibal 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 Zibal:

Zibal - ζ Eridani (zeta Eridani) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. Altitude: 22°.

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Zibal

Zibal 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 Zibal are provided in the following table:

03h 15m 50s
-08° 49’ 10”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of Zibal in the sky:

Finder chart Zibal - ζ Eridani (zeta Eridani) star
Simplified finder chart for Zibal - ζ Eridani (zeta Eridani).

Visibility of Zibal from your location

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

Today's Zibal - ζ Eridani (zeta Eridani) rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 98.8°
Max altitude: 29.7°
Azimuth: 261.2°
Zibal - ζ Eridani (zeta Eridani) is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

Digitized Sky Survey image of Zibal

The image below is a photograph of Zibal 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 Zibal is -0.002 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.046 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of Zibal - ζ Eridani (zeta Eridani) star
DSS2 image of Zibal. The red arrow shows the motion of Zibal during the next 10000 years (-0.33 arcmin in Right Ascension and 7.67 arcmin in declination);

Distance of Zibal from the Sun and relative movement

Zibal is distant 119.94 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 4 kilometers per second.

36.79 pc
119.94 ly
-4 km/s
-0.002 arcsec/year
0.046 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of Zibal

Zibal belongs to spectral class A5


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

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

Alternative designations of Zibal

ζ Eridani
(zeta Eridani)