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26 Hydrae

Altitude: -49.6°   Azimuth: 343.9°   Direction: North-North-West

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

26 Hydrae visual magnitude is 4.79. Because of its moderate brightness, 26 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 26 Hydrae:


26 Hydrae is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -49.6°
Azimuth: 343.9°
Direction: North-North-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 26 Hydrae

26 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 26 Hydrae are provided in the following table:

09h 19m 46s
-11° 58’ 29”

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

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

Visibility of 26 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 26 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: 102.0°
Max altitude: 26.5°
Azimuth: 258.0°

Digitized Sky Survey image of 26 Hydrae

The image below is a photograph of 26 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 26 Hydrae is -0.03 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.015 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 26 Hydrae star
DSS2 image of 26 Hydrae. The red arrow shows the motion of 26 Hydrae during the next 10000 years (-5.00 arcmin in Right Ascension and 2.50 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 26 Hydrae from the Sun and relative movement

26 Hydrae is distant 319.61 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 2 kilometers per second.

98.04 pc
319.61 ly
-2 km/s
-0.03 arcsec/year
0.015 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 26 Hydrae

26 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 26 Hydrae is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

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

26 Hydrae star system properties

26 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 26 Hydrae double sysyem:

3.4 arcsec

Alternative designations of 26 Hydrae