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48 Draconis

48 Draconis is a giant star in the constellation of Draco.

48 Draconis visual magnitude is 5.66. Because of its reltive faintness, 48 Draconis 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 48 Draconis:

48 Draconis is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt. Altitude: 38°.

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 48 Draconis

48 Draconis 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 48 Draconis are provided in the following table:

18h 56m 44s
+57° 48’ 53”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of 48 Draconis in the sky:

Finder chart 48 Draconis star
Simplified finder chart for 48 Draconis.

Visibility of 48 Draconis from your location

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

48 Draconis is circumpolar and transits at 02:19 UTC (altitude: 83.7°)

Digitized Sky Survey image of 48 Draconis

The image below is a photograph of 48 Draconis 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 48 Draconis is -0.029 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.062 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 48 Draconis star
DSS2 image of 48 Draconis. The red arrow shows the motion of 48 Draconis during the next 10000 years (-4.83 arcmin in Right Ascension and -10.33 arcmin in declination);

Distance of 48 Draconis from the Sun and relative movement

48 Draconis is distant 285.96 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 34 kilometers per second.

87.72 pc
285.96 ly
-34 km/s
-0.029 arcsec/year
-0.062 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 48 Draconis

48 Draconis belongs to spectral class K1 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where 48 Draconis is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 48 Draconis. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of 48 Draconis

48 Draconis