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3 Draconis

Altitude: 34.4°   Azimuth: 338.1°   Direction: North-North-West

3 Draconis is a giant star in the constellation of Draco.

3 Draconis visual magnitude is 5.3. Because of its reltive faintness, 3 Draconis should be visible only from locations with dark skyes, while it is not visible at all from skyes affected by light pollution.

The proper motion of 3 Draconis is -0.043 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.038 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 3 Draconis star
DSS2 image of 3 Draconis. The red arrow shows the motion of 3 Draconis during the next 10000 years (-7.17 arcmin in Right Ascension and 6.33 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about 3 Draconis


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

Altitude: 34.4°
Azimuth: 338.1°
Direction: North-North-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 3 Draconis

3 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 3 Draconis are provided in the following table:

11h 42m 28s
+66° 44’ 42”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of 3 Draconis in the sky:

Finder chart 3 Draconis star
Simplified finder chart for 3 Draconis.

Visibility of 3 Draconis from your location

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

3 Draconis is circumpolar and transits at 01:28 UTC (altitude: 74.7°)

Distance of 3 Draconis from the Sun and relative movement

3 Draconis is distant 643.00 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 3 kilometers per second.

197.24 pc
643.00 ly
3 km/s
-0.043 arcsec/year
0.038 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 3 Draconis

3 Draconis belongs to spectral class K3 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where 3 Draconis is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 3 Draconis. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of 3 Draconis