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26 Draconis

Altitude: 57.2°   Azimuth: 48.3°   Direction: North-East

26 Draconis is a multiple hypergiant star in the constellation of Draco.

26 Draconis visual magnitude is 5.23. Because of its reltive faintness, 26 Draconis 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 26 Draconis:


26 Draconis is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 57.2°
Azimuth: 48.3°
Direction: North-East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 26 Draconis

26 Draconis is situated close to the northern celestial pole and, as such, it is visible for most part of the year from the northern hemisphere. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of 26 Draconis are provided in the following table:

17h 34m 59s
+61° 52’ 29”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of 26 Draconis in the sky:

Finder chart 26 Draconis star
Simplified finder chart for 26 Draconis.

Visibility of 26 Draconis from your location

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

26 Draconis is circumpolar and transits at 12:38 UTC (altitude: 79.6°)

Digitized Sky Survey image of 26 Draconis

The image below is a photograph of 26 Draconis 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 26 Draconis is 0.26 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.507 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 26 Draconis star
DSS2 image of 26 Draconis. The red arrow shows the motion of 26 Draconis during the next 1000 years (4.33 arcmin in Right Ascension and -8.45 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 26 Draconis from the Sun and relative movement

26 Draconis is distant 45.93 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 13 kilometers per second.

14.09 pc
45.93 ly
-13 km/s
0.26 arcsec/year
-0.507 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 26 Draconis

26 Draconis belongs to spectral class G0 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a hypergiant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where 26 Draconis is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 26 Draconis. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

26 Draconis star system properties

26 Draconis is a visual double star which can be observed with the help of large telescopes. The table below shows key information about the 26 Draconis double sysyem:

0.6 arcsec

Alternative designations of 26 Draconis

26 Draconis
Gl 684 A