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12 Hydrae

12 Hydrae is a double giant star in the constellation of Hydra.

12 Hydrae visual magnitude is 4.32. Because of its moderate brightness, 12 Hydrae 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 12 Hydrae:

12 Hydrae is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt. Altitude: 3°.

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 12 Hydrae

12 Hydrae 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 12 Hydrae are provided in the following table:

08h 46m 22s
-13° 32’ 52”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of 12 Hydrae in the sky:

Finder chart 12 Hydrae star
Simplified finder chart for 12 Hydrae.

Visibility of 12 Hydrae 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 12 Hydrae 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: 103.5°
Max altitude: 25.0°
Azimuth: 256.5°
12 Hydrae is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

Digitized Sky Survey image of 12 Hydrae

The image below is a photograph of 12 Hydrae 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 12 Hydrae is 0.016 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.011 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 12 Hydrae star
DSS2 image of 12 Hydrae. The red arrow shows the motion of 12 Hydrae during the next 10000 years (2.67 arcmin in Right Ascension and -1.83 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 12 Hydrae from the Sun and relative movement

12 Hydrae is distant 226.70 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 8 kilometers per second.

69.54 pc
226.70 ly
-8 km/s
0.016 arcsec/year
-0.011 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 12 Hydrae

12 Hydrae 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 12 Hydrae is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 12 Hydrae. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

12 Hydrae star system properties

12 Hydrae is a visual double star which can be observed only with the help of very large telescopes. The table below shows key information about the 12 Hydrae double sysyem:

19.9 arcsec

Alternative designations of 12 Hydrae