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46 Cancri

Altitude: 47.4°   Azimuth: 261.0°   Direction: West

46 Cancri is a giant star in the constellation of Cancer.

46 Cancri visual magnitude is 6.13. Because of its reltive faintness, 46 Cancri 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 Cancri is -0.002 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.006 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 100000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 46 Cancri star
DSS2 image of 46 Cancri. The red arrow shows the motion of 46 Cancri during the next 100000 years (-3.33 arcmin in Right Ascension and -10.00 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about 46 Cancri


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

Altitude: 47.4°
Azimuth: 261.0°
Direction: West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 46 Cancri

46 Cancri 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 Cancri are provided in the following table:

08h 45m 21s
+30° 41’ 52”

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

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

Visibility of 46 Cancri 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 Cancri 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: 59.3°
Max altitude: 69.2°
Azimuth: 300.7°

Distance of 46 Cancri from the Sun and relative movement

46 Cancri is distant 476.61 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 12 kilometers per second.

146.20 pc
476.61 ly
-12 km/s
-0.002 arcsec/year
-0.006 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 46 Cancri

46 Cancri belongs to spectral class G5 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


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

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

Alternative designations of 46 Cancri