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2 Hydrae

Altitude: 29.6°   Azimuth: 212.8°   Direction: South-South-West

2 Hydrae is a variable and double giant star in the constellation of Hydra.

2 Hydrae visual magnitude is 5.59. Because of its reltive faintness, 2 Hydrae should be visible only from locations with dark skies, while it is not visible at all from skies affected by light pollution.

The proper motion of 2 Hydrae is -0.053 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.061 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 2 Hydrae star
DSS2 image of 2 Hydrae. The red arrow shows the motion of 2 Hydrae during the next 10000 years (-8.83 arcmin in Right Ascension and -10.17 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about 2 Hydrae


2 Hydrae is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 29.6°
Azimuth: 212.8°
Direction: South-South-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 2 Hydrae

2 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 2 Hydrae are provided in the following table:

08h 26m 27s
-03° 59’ 14”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of 2 Hydrae in the sky:

Finder chart 2 Hydrae star
Simplified finder chart for 2 Hydrae.

Visibility of 2 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 2 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: 94.0°
Max altitude: 34.5°
Azimuth: 266.0°

Distance of 2 Hydrae from the Sun and relative movement

2 Hydrae is distant 173.13 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 27 kilometers per second.

53.11 pc
173.13 ly
27 km/s
-0.053 arcsec/year
-0.061 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 2 Hydrae

2 Hydrae belongs to spectral class A5 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where 2 Hydrae is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 2 Hydrae. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

2 Hydrae star system properties

2 Hydrae is a visual double star which can be observed with binoculars or small telescopes. The table below shows key information about the 2 Hydrae double sysyem:

72.8 arcsec

Alternative designations of 2 Hydrae