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46 Boötis

Altitude: 3.1°   Azimuth: 49.9°   Direction: North-East

46 Boötis is a giant star in the constellation of Boötes.

46 Boötis visual magnitude is 5.67. Because of its reltive faintness, 46 Boötis should be visible only from locations with dark skies, while it is not visible at all from skies affected by light pollution.

The proper motion of 46 Boötis is 0.005 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.014 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 46 Boötis star
DSS2 image of 46 Boötis. The red arrow shows the motion of 46 Boötis during the next 10000 years (0.83 arcmin in Right Ascension and -2.33 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about 46 Boötis


46 Boötis is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 3.1°
Azimuth: 49.9°
Direction: North-East

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 46 Boötis

46 Boötis 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 46 Boötis are provided in the following table:

15h 08m 23s
+26° 18’ 03”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of 46 Boötis in the sky:

Finder chart 46 Boötis star
Simplified finder chart for 46 Boötis.

Visibility of 46 Boötis 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 46 Boötis 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: 63.7°
Max altitude: 64.8°
Azimuth: 296.3°

Distance of 46 Boötis from the Sun and relative movement

46 Boötis is distant 419.56 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 21 kilometers per second.

128.70 pc
419.56 ly
21 km/s
0.005 arcsec/year
-0.014 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 46 Boötis

46 Boötis belongs to spectral class K2


The red dot in the diagram below shows where 46 Boötis is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 46 Boötis. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of 46 Boötis