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38 Aquarii

Altitude: -47.0°   Azimuth: 29.1°   Direction: North-North-East

38 Aquarii is a giant star in the constellation of Aquarius.

38 Aquarii visual magnitude is 5.46. Because of its reltive faintness, 38 Aquarii 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 38 Aquarii:


38 Aquarii is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -47.0°
Azimuth: 29.1°
Direction: North-North-East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 38 Aquarii

38 Aquarii 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 38 Aquarii are provided in the following table:

22h 10m 37s
-11° 33’ 53”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of 38 Aquarii in the sky:

Finder chart 38 Aquarii star
Simplified finder chart for 38 Aquarii.

Visibility of 38 Aquarii 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 38 Aquarii 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: 101.6°
Max altitude: 27.0°
Azimuth: 258.4°

Digitized Sky Survey image of 38 Aquarii

The image below is a photograph of 38 Aquarii 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 38 Aquarii is 0.036 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.009 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 38 Aquarii star
DSS2 image of 38 Aquarii. The red arrow shows the motion of 38 Aquarii during the next 10000 years (6.00 arcmin in Right Ascension and 1.50 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 38 Aquarii from the Sun and relative movement

38 Aquarii is distant 561.10 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 3 kilometers per second.

172.12 pc
561.10 ly
3 km/s
0.036 arcsec/year
0.009 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 38 Aquarii

38 Aquarii belongs to spectral class B7 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where 38 Aquarii is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 38 Aquarii. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of 38 Aquarii