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public Observing fromLocation: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
north SunriseRise: 6:54  
clear_day Transit: 12:49  
SunsetSet: 18:43 south
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17 Aurigae

Altitude: 49.9°   Azimuth: 263.9°   Direction: West

17 Aurigae is a variable main-sequence star in the constellation of Auriga.

17 Aurigae visual magnitude is 6.14. Because of its reltive faintness, 17 Aurigae should be visible only from locations with dark skyes, while it is not visible at all from skyes affected by light pollution.

The table below summarizes the key facts about 17 Aurigae:


17 Aurigae is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 49.9°
Azimuth: 263.9°
Direction: West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 17 Aurigae

17 Aurigae is situated north of the celestial equator, as such, it is more easily visible from the northern hemisphere. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of 17 Aurigae are provided in the following table:

05h 18m 18s
+33° 46’ 01”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of 17 Aurigae in the sky:

Finder chart 17 Aurigae star
Simplified finder chart for 17 Aurigae.

Visibility of 17 Aurigae 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 17 Aurigae 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: 56.2°
Max altitude: 72.3°
Azimuth: 303.8°

Digitized Sky Survey image of 17 Aurigae

The image below is a photograph of 17 Aurigae 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 17 Aurigae is 0.012 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.03 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 17 Aurigae star
DSS2 image of 17 Aurigae. The red arrow shows the motion of 17 Aurigae during the next 10000 years (2.00 arcmin in Right Ascension and -5.00 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 17 Aurigae from the Sun and relative movement

17 Aurigae is distant 397.56 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 25 kilometers per second.

121.95 pc
397.56 ly
25 km/s
0.012 arcsec/year
-0.03 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 17 Aurigae

17 Aurigae belongs to spectral class B9 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a main-sequence star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where 17 Aurigae is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 17 Aurigae. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of 17 Aurigae