Kappa Columbae

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Kappa Columbae
Observation data
Epoch J2000.0      Equinox J2000.0
Constellation Columba
Right ascension 06h 16m 33.1357s
Declination −35° 08′ 25.867″
Apparent magnitude (V) 4.374
Absolute magnitude (V) 0.630
Distance 182.93 ly
(56.09 pc)
Spectral type K0.5 IIIa
Other designations
HD 43785, HIP 29807, HR 2256, IRAS 06147-3507, SAO 196643

Kappa Columbae is a giant star in the constellation Columba.

This star, along with ζ CMa, λ CMa, γ Col, δ Col, θ Col, λ Col, μ Col and ξ Col, were Al Ḳurūd (ألقرد - al-qird), the Apes.[1][2]

In Chinese, (Sūn), meaning Grandson, refers to an asterism consisting of κ Columbae and θ Columbae.[3] Consequently, κ Columbae itself is known as 孫一 (Sūn yī, English: the First Star of Grandson.).[4]


  1. SIMBAD at Harvard Query Result
  1. ^ Star Names: their Lore and Meaning: Columba Noae, Noah's Dove
  2. ^ Davis Jr., G. A. (October 1944). "The Pronunciations, Derivations, and Meanings of a Selected List of Star Names". Popular Astronomy. 18: 14. Bibcode:1944PA.....52....8D. 
  3. ^ (Chinese) 中國星座神話, written by 陳久金. Published by 台灣書房出版有限公司, 2005, ISBN 978-986-7332-25-7.
  4. ^ (Chinese) AEEA (Activities of Exhibition and Education in Astronomy) 天文教育資訊網 2006 年 7 月 16 日