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public Observing fromLocation: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
north SunriseRise: 4:46  
clear_day Transit: 12:57  
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28 Cancri

Altitude: 60.6°   Azimuth: 207.1°   Direction: South-South-West

28 Cancri is a variable hypergiant star in the constellation of Cancer.

28 Cancri visual magnitude is 6.1. Because of its reltive faintness, 28 Cancri 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 28 Cancri:


28 Cancri is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 60.6°
Azimuth: 207.1°
Direction: South-South-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 28 Cancri

28 Cancri 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 28 Cancri are provided in the following table:

08h 28m 36s
+24° 08’ 40”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of 28 Cancri in the sky:

Finder chart 28 Cancri star
Simplified finder chart for 28 Cancri.

Visibility of 28 Cancri 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 28 Cancri 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: 65.9°
Max altitude: 62.7°
Azimuth: 294.1°
28 Cancri is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

Digitized Sky Survey image of 28 Cancri

The image below is a photograph of 28 Cancri 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 28 Cancri is -0.031 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.058 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 28 Cancri star
DSS2 image of 28 Cancri. The red arrow shows the motion of 28 Cancri during the next 10000 years (-5.17 arcmin in Right Ascension and -9.67 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 28 Cancri from the Sun and relative movement

28 Cancri is distant 271.44 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 9 kilometers per second.

83.26 pc
271.44 ly
9 km/s
-0.031 arcsec/year
-0.058 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 28 Cancri

28 Cancri belongs to spectral class F0 and has a luminosity class of V corresponding to a hypergiant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where 28 Cancri is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 28 Cancri. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of 28 Cancri