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41 Ophiuchi

Altitude: 38.1°   Azimuth: 179.5°   Direction: South

41 Ophiuchi is a double giant star in the constellation of Ophiuchus.

41 Ophiuchi visual magnitude is 4.73. Because of its moderate brightness, 41 Ophiuchi should be easily visible from locations with dark skies, while it can be barely visible, or not visible at all, from skies affected by light pollution.

The proper motion of 41 Ophiuchi is -0.023 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.066 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 41 Ophiuchi star
DSS2 image of 41 Ophiuchi. The red arrow shows the motion of 41 Ophiuchi during the next 10000 years (-3.83 arcmin in Right Ascension and -11.00 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about 41 Ophiuchi


41 Ophiuchi is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 38.1°
Azimuth: 179.5°
Direction: South

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 41 Ophiuchi

41 Ophiuchi 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 41 Ophiuchi are provided in the following table:

17h 16m 36s
-00° 26’ 43”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of 41 Ophiuchi in the sky:

Finder chart 41 Ophiuchi star
Simplified finder chart for 41 Ophiuchi.

Visibility of 41 Ophiuchi 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 41 Ophiuchi 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: 90.4°
Max altitude: 38.1°
Azimuth: 269.6°

Distance of 41 Ophiuchi from the Sun and relative movement

41 Ophiuchi is distant 217.77 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 2 kilometers per second.

66.80 pc
217.77 ly
-2 km/s
-0.023 arcsec/year
-0.066 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 41 Ophiuchi

41 Ophiuchi 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 41 Ophiuchi is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 41 Ophiuchi. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

41 Ophiuchi star system properties

41 Ophiuchi is a visual double star which can be observed with the help of large telescopes. The table below shows key information about the 41 Ophiuchi double sysyem:

1 arcsec

Alternative designations of 41 Ophiuchi

41 Ophiuchi