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38 Aurigae

Altitude: 29.9°   Azimuth: 57.4°   Direction: East-North-East

38 Aurigae is a hypergiant star in the constellation of Auriga.

38 Aurigae visual magnitude is 6.1. Because of its reltive faintness, 38 Aurigae 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 Aurigae:


38 Aurigae is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 29.9°
Azimuth: 57.4°
Direction: East-North-East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 38 Aurigae

38 Aurigae is situated north of the celestial equator, as such, it is more easily visible from the northern hemisphere. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of 38 Aurigae are provided in the following table:

06h 03m 17s
+42° 54’ 42”

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

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

Visibility of 38 Aurigae from your location

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

38 Aurigae is circumpolar and transits at 01:08 UTC (altitude: 81.4°)

Digitized Sky Survey image of 38 Aurigae

The image below is a photograph of 38 Aurigae 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 Aurigae is 0.112 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.141 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 38 Aurigae star
DSS2 image of 38 Aurigae. The red arrow shows the motion of 38 Aurigae during the next 1000 years (1.87 arcmin in Right Ascension and -2.35 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 38 Aurigae from the Sun and relative movement

38 Aurigae is distant 261.43 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 38 kilometers per second.

80.19 pc
261.43 ly
38 km/s
0.112 arcsec/year
-0.141 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 38 Aurigae

38 Aurigae belongs to spectral class K0 and has a luminosity class of II corresponding to a hypergiant star.


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

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

Alternative designations of 38 Aurigae