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38 Ursae Majoris

38 Ursae Majoris is a variable giant star in the constellation of Ursa Major.

38 Ursae Majoris visual magnitude is 5.12. Because of its reltive faintness, 38 Ursae Majoris 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 Ursae Majoris:

38 Ursae Majoris is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. Altitude: 58°.

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 38 Ursae Majoris

38 Ursae Majoris 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 38 Ursae Majoris are provided in the following table:

10h 41m 56s
+65° 42’ 59”
Ursa Major

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

Finder chart 38 Ursae Majoris star
Simplified finder chart for 38 Ursae Majoris.

Visibility of 38 Ursae Majoris from your location

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

38 Ursae Majoris is circumpolar and transits at 10:23 UTC (altitude: 75.8°)

Digitized Sky Survey image of 38 Ursae Majoris

The image below is a photograph of 38 Ursae Majoris 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 Ursae Majoris is -0.162 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.069 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 38 Ursae Majoris star
DSS2 image of 38 Ursae Majoris. The red arrow shows the motion of 38 Ursae Majoris during the next 1000 years (-2.70 arcmin in Right Ascension and -1.15 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 38 Ursae Majoris from the Sun and relative movement

38 Ursae Majoris is distant 223.59 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 11 kilometers per second.

68.59 pc
223.59 ly
-11 km/s
-0.162 arcsec/year
-0.069 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 38 Ursae Majoris

38 Ursae Majoris belongs to spectral class K2 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


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

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

Alternative designations of 38 Ursae Majoris

38 Ursae Majoris