Nu Caeli is a white main-sequence star in the constellation Caelum. At 171 light years away, it shines at an apparent visual magnitude of 6.06. Nu Caeli is the primary component of a multiple-star system. The star's age is estimated to be 1.8 billion years but is certainly no less than 1.7 billion years and no greater than 1.9 billion years. The iron abundance of Nu Caeli is -0.13 (74.1% of the Sun). It is moving through the Galaxy at a speed of 29 km/s relative to the Sun. Its projected Galactic orbit carries it between 23,900 and 27,000 light years from the center of the Galaxy. It came closest to the Sun 1.5 million years ago when it had brightened to magnitude 4.84 from a distance of 98 light years.
Sky position: RA 4h 50.3m, Dec -41° 19.2'
Common designations: Nu Caeli, HIP 22488, HD 30985, HR 1557
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